Analects 8.9

Original Text:

子曰民可使由之不可使知之

Translation:

Other Translations:

The Master said, “The common people can be made to follow it, but they cannot be made to understand it.”

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

The Master said, The common people can be made to follow a course, but cannot be made to understand why they should do so.

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

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