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Confucianism -> Mengzi -> Li Lou II -> 46.2

孟子Mencius replied,
'There is a spring of water; how it gushes out!
It rests not day nor night.
It fills up every hole, and then advances,
flowing onto the four seas.
Such is water having a spring!
It was this which he found in it to praise.
But suppose that the water has no spring.
In the seventh and eighth when the rain falls abundantly,
the channels in the fields are all filled,
but their being dried up again
may be expected in a short time.
君子So a superior man is ashamed of a reputation beyond his merits.


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