Analects 3.16

Original Text:

子曰射不主皮为力不同科古之道也

Translation:

Other Translations:

The Master said, “It is said, ‘In archery, one does not emphasize piercing the hide of the target,’ because people’s strengths differ. Such is the ancient Way.”

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

The Master said,

In archery hitting the target is not the point – people are not all of equal strength.

That was the old-time way.

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

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