Analects 7.12

Original Text:

子曰富而可求也虽执鞭之士吾亦为之如不可求从吾所好

Translation:

Other Translations:

The Master said, “If wealth were something worth pursuing, then I would pursue it, even if that meant serving as an officer holding a whip at the entrance to the marketplace. Since it is not worth pursuing, however, I prefer to follow that which I love.”

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

The Master said, If one could get rich just by trying, then although it meant being a herald with whip in hand, I would go along with that. But if one can’t get rich just by trying, I prefer to follow my own desires.

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

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