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Mohism -> Mozi -> Book 1 -> On the necessity of standards -> 1

墨子Mozi said:
天下 To accomplish anything whatsoever one must have standards.
None have yet accomplished anything without them.
1
The gentlemen fulfilling their duties as generals and councillors
have their standards.
Even the artisans performing their tasks
also have their standards.
The artisans make square objects according to the square,
circular objects according to the compasses;
they draw straight lines with the carpenter's line
2
and find the perpendicular by a pendulum.
All artisans, whether skilled or unskilled, employ these five standards.
Only the skilled workers are accurate.
Though the unskilled labourers have not attained accuracy,
yet they do better by following these standards than otherwise.
Thus all artisans follow the standards in their work.

1. 也 : Inserted. 孙诒让《墨子闲诂》
2. 衡以水, : Inserted. 吴毓江《墨子校注》


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