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Mohism -> Mozi -> Book 1 -> Self-cultivation -> 1

君子Though there should be tactics in war,
courage is fundamental.
Though there should be ceremonies for mourning,
grief is essential.
Though a scholar should be learned,
he must first of all exhibit good conduct.
When the seeds are not well sown,
there is no use in labouring for a good harvest.
When the people near-by are not befriended
there is no use of endeavouring to attract those at a distance.
When one's relatives are not submissive,
there is no use in endeavouring to establish contacts with the outside world.
When one cannot accomplish a single task from beginning to end.
there is no use of attempting many things.
And when one is ignorant of a commonplace that is pointed out,
1there is no use of pursuing wide knowledge.

1. 博 : Originally read: "传". Corrected by 孙诒让《墨子闲诂》


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