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:“君子The Master said, 'A small man is drowned in the water; a superior man is drowned or ruined by his mouth; the great man suffers his ruin from the people - all suffer from what they have played and taken liberties with. Water is near to men, and yet it drowns them. Its nature makes it easy to play with, but dangerous to approach - men are easily drowned in it. The mouth is loquacious and troublesome; for words once uttered there is hardly a place of repentance - men are easily ruined by it. The people, restricted in their humanity, have vulgar and rude minds; they should be respected, and should not be treated with contempt - men are easily ruined by them.
君子Therefore the superior man should by all means be careful in his dealings with them.
It is said in the Tai Jia (Shu, III, v, sect. 1, 5, 7),
"Do not frustrate the charge to me, and bring on yourself your own overthrow.
Be like the forester, who, when he has adjusted the string,
。’goes to examine the end of the arrow, whether it be placed according to rule, and then lets go."
It is said in the Charge to Yue (III, viii, Sect. 2, 4),
"It is the mouth which gives occasion to shame;
they are the coat of mail and helmet which give occasion to war.
The upper robes and lower garments (for reward) should not be taken (lightly from) their chests;
。’before spear and shield are used, one should examine himself."
It is said in the Tai Jia (Shu, III, v, sect. 2, 3),
"Calamities sent by Heaven
may be avoided;
but from those brought on by one's self
。’ there is no escape."
It is said in the Announcement of Yin (Shu, III, v, sect. 1, 3),
西 "I have seen it myself in Xia with its western capital,
that when its sovereigns went through a prosperous course to the end,
。’” their ministers also did the same."'


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