Analects 6.26

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Other Translations:

Zai Wo asked, “If someone lied to a Good person, saying ‘a man has just fallen into the well!’, would he go ahead and jump in after him [to save the supposed man]?”

The Master replied, “Why would he do that? The gentleman can be enticed, but not trapped; he can be tricked, but not duped.”

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

Zai Wo asked, If you were to tell a humane person that there was a humane person in a well, would he go to the rescue?

The Master said, Why would he do that? The gentleman can be made to go somewhere but not to fall into a trap. He can be deceived but not completely hoodwinked.

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