Analects 5.9

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Other Translations:

The Master said to Zigong, “Who is better, you or Yan Hui?”

Zigong answered, “How dare I even think of comparing myself to Hui? Hui learns one thing and thereby understands ten. I learn one thing and thereby understand two.”

The Master said, “No, you are not as good as Hui. Neither of us is as good as Hui.”

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

The Master questioned Zigong, saying, Between you and Hui, which is the better man?

Zigong replied, How could I dare hope to equal Hui? Hui hears one part and understands ten. I hear one part and understand two.

he Master said, No, you are not his equal. You and I are neither of us his equal.

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

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