The Master sighed, “Alas! No one understands me.”
Zigong replied, “How can you say that no one understands you, Master?”
“I am not bitter toward Heaven, nor do I blame others. I study what is below in order to comprehend what is above. If there is anyone who could understand me, perhaps it is Heaven.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master said, No one understands me—isn’t that so?
Zigong said, Why do you suppose that no one understands you?
The Master said, I bear no grudge against Heaven; I do not blame others. I study affairs close at hand and try to become adept in higher matters. Perhaps it is Heaven that understands me!Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.