Analects 2.3

Original Text:

子曰道之以政齐之以刑民免而无耻道之以德齐之以礼有耻且格

Translation:

Other Translations:

The Master said, “If you try to guide the common people with coercive regulations and keep them in line with punishments, the common people will become evasive and will have no sense of shame. If, however, you guide them with Virtue, and keep them in line by means of ritual, the people will have a sense of shame and will rectify themselves.”

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

The Master said, Guide them with government orders, regulate them with penalties, and the people will seek to evade the law and be without shame. Guide them with virtue, regulate them with ritual, and they will have a sense of shame and become upright.

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

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