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Confucianism -> Yangzi Fayan -> The Junzi -> 15

:“天下?”Someone said: Of whom in the world do you approve?
:“!”Yangzi said: I approve of those who advance.
:“?”The other said: Why do you approve of those who covet status and long for salary?
:“Yangzi said: Coveting these is not what I mean by advancing.
Those who advance,
advance in the Dao,
long for de,
and make themselves prosperous by means of ren and yi.
They advance in the Dao and advance in office,
退退 or they retire from office and advance in the Dao,
。” every day being unceasing in their effort and not knowing weariness.
The other said:
Advancing in the Dao in order to advance in office, this is hearing Tian's decree.
退。” But may I ask about retiring and advancing?
Yangzi said:
In the past
颜渊退 Yan Yuan retired [from public life] in order to advance in the Dao.
天下。”Among all under Heaven, this combination is rare.
:“退?”The other said: If this is the case, then why do you not advocate retiring in every situation?
Yangzi said:
Insisting on advancing and advancing is an easy combination.
退 Insisting on retiring and retiring is also an easy combination.
退But advancing according to li and retiring according to yi—that is a difficult combination!


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