The Master said, “If in serving your lord you are careful to observe every detail of ritual propriety, people will [wrongly] think you obsequious.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master said, In serving the ruler, if you carry out all the acts prescribed by ritual, people think you are toadying.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.