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孔子哀公哀公:“?”孔子:“Confucius was sitting beside duke Ai, when the latter said, 'I venture to ask, according to the nature of men, which is the greatest thing (to be attended to in dealing with them).' Confucius looked startled, changed countenance, and replied, 'That your lordship should put this question is a good thing for the people.
How should your servant dare but express his opinion on it?
。”' Accordingly he proceeded, and said, 'According to the nature of men, government is the greatest thing for them.'


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