Analects 15.8

Original Text:

子曰可与言而不与之言失人不可与言而与之言失言知者不失人亦不失言

Translation:

Other Translations:

The Master said, “If someone is open to what you have to say, but you do not speak to them, this is letting the person go to waste; if, however, someone is not open to what you have to say, but you speak to them anyway, this is letting your words go to waste. The wise person does not let people go to waste, but he also does not waste his words.”

Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.

The Master said, If it’s someone you ought to speak to and you fail to speak, you waste a person. If it’s someone you ought not to speak to and you speak, you waste words. The wise man doesn’t waste people and doesn’t waste words either.

Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.

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