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.