Analects 3.15

Original Text:

子入太庙每事问或曰孰谓鄹人之子知礼乎入太庙每事问子闻之曰是礼也

Translation:

Other Translations:

When the Master went into the Great Ancestral Temple, he asked questions about everything that took place.

Someone said, “Who said that this son of a man from Zou understands ritual? When he went into the Great Ancestral Temple, he had to ask questions about everything.”

When this comment was reported to the Master, his reply was, “This asking is, in fact, part of ritual.”

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

When the Master entered the Grand Temple, he asked questions about everything. Someone said,

Who claims that this son of a man of Zou understands ritual? When he enters the Grand Temple he asks about everything!

When the Master heard this, he said, Asking is part of the ritual.

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

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