The Master said, “Zigong! Do you take me to be one who has come to understand through learning a wide variety of things?”
Zigong responded, “Yes. Is this not the case?”
“It is not. I bind it all together with a single thread.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master said, Si (Zigong), you suppose that I have studied many different matters and retain them in my memory, don’t you?
Zigong replied, Yes. Isn’t that so?
The Master said, No. I have one thread that links it all together.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.