Lao said, “The Master once remarked, ‘I have not been employed, and therefore have become accomplished in the arts.’ ”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
Lao reports that the Master said, I have never been given a proper trial—hence these “accomplishments.”Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.