The Master expressed a desire to go and live among the Nine Yi Barbarian tribes. Someone asked him, “How could you bear their uncouthness?”
The Master replied, “If a gentleman were to dwell among them, what uncouthness would there be?”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master wished to go live among the nine foreign tribes. Someone said, But they are so crude! The Master said, If a gentleman lives among them, how can they be crude?Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.