The Master said, “Worthy people go into reclusion because the age itself is disordered; those next in worth withdraw because their state is disordered; next still are those who withdraw because of a discourteous expression on their ruler’s face; and finally there are those who will withdraw at a single discourteous word.”
The Master said, “Those who did so number seven.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master said, Worthy persons retire from the world. The next best retire from the region. The next best retire because of a look. The next best retire because of a word.
The Master said, There were seven who did so.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.