Analects 5.15

Original Text:

子贡问曰孔文子何以谓之文也子曰敏而好学不耻下问是以谓之文也

Translation:

Other Translations:

Zigong asked, “Why was Kong Wenzi accorded the title ‘Cultured’ ?”

The Master replied, “He was diligent and loved learning, and was not ashamed to ask advice from his inferiors. This is why he was accorded the title, ‘Cultured.’ ”

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

Zigong asked, Why was Kong Wenzi given the posthumous name Cultured (Wen)?

The Master said, Clear-sighted and a lover of learning, he was not ashamed to ask questions of his inferiors. Therefore he was given the name Cultured.

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

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