Analects 12.4

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Other Translations:

Sima Niu asked about the gentleman.

The Master replied, “The gentleman is free of anxiety and fear.”

“ ‘Free of anxiety and fear’—is that all there is to being a gentleman?”

“If you can look inside yourself and find no faults, what cause is there for anxiety or fear?”

Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.

Sima Niu asked about the gentleman. The Master said, A gentleman has no worries and has no fears.

Having no worries and no fears—is that what it means to be a gentleman?

The Master said, If, when he looks inside himself, he finds nothing to censure, then what could he worry about—what could he fear?

Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.

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