Duke Ling of Wei asked Confucius about military formations.
Confucius replied, “I know something about the arrangement of ceremonial stands and dishes for ritual offerings, but I have never learned about the arrangement of battalions and divisions.”
He left the next day.Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
Duke Ling of Wei asked Confucius about battle formations. Confucius replied, With regard to sacrificial platters and stands, I have some learning. But I have never studied military affairs.
The next day he left Wei for good.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.