Analects 17.11

Original Text:

子曰礼云礼云玉帛云乎哉乐云乐云钟鼓云乎哉

Translation:

Other Translations:

The Master said, “When we say, ‘the rites, the rites,’ are we speaking merely of jade and silk? When we say, ‘music, music,’ are we speaking merely of bells and drums?”

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

The Master said, Ritual! ritual! they say. But is it just a matter of jades and silks? Music! music! they say. But is it just a matter of bells and drums?

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

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