Analects 9.22

Original Text:

子曰苗而不秀者有矣夫秀而不实者有矣夫

Translation:

Other Translations:

The Master said, “Surely there are some sprouts that fail to flower, just as surely as there are some flowers that fail to bear fruit!”

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

The Master said, There are seedlings that never grow to maturity, are there not? And mature plants that never bear fruit.

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

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