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Confucianism -> Mengzi -> Gaozi II -> 33.7

?」'Is the love of what is good sufficient?'
:「天下 'The love of what is good is more than a sufficient qualification for the government of the kingdom;
how much more is it so for the State of Lu!
If a minister love what is good,
all within the four seas will count 1000 li but a small distance, and will come and lay their good thoughts before him.
If he do not love what is good,
men will say,
"How self-conceited he looks?
。』He is sayinq to himself, I know it."
The language and looks of that self-conceit
will keep men off at a distance of 1,000 li.
When good men stop 1,000 li off,
calumniators, flatterers, and sycophants will make their appearance.
When a minister lives among calumniators, flatterers, and sycophants,
though he may wish the State to be well governed,
?」is it possible for it to be so?'


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