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緇衣 - Zi Yi

English translation: James Legge [?]
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[Also known as: "The black robes"]

16 緇衣:
子曰:「小人溺於水,君子溺於口,大人溺於民,皆在其所褻也。夫水近於人而溺人,德易狎而難親也,易以溺人;口費而煩,易出難悔,易以溺人;夫民閉於人,而有鄙心,可敬不可慢,易以溺人。故君子不可以不慎也。《太甲》曰:『毋越厥命以自覆也;。』《兌命》曰:『惟口起羞,惟甲胄起兵,惟衣裳在笥,惟干戈省厥躬。』《太甲》曰:『天作孽,可違也;自作孽,不可以逭。』《尹吉》曰:『惟尹躬天,見於西邑;夏自周有終,相亦惟終。』」
Zi Yi:
The Master said, 'A small man is drowned in the water; a superior man is drowned or ruined by his mouth; the great man suffers his ruin from the people - all suffer from what they have played and taken liberties with. Water is near to men, and yet it drowns them. Its nature makes it easy to play with, but dangerous to approach - men are easily drowned in it. The mouth is loquacious and troublesome; for words once uttered there is hardly a place of repentance - men are easily ruined by it. The people, restricted in their humanity, have vulgar and rude minds; they should be respected, and should not be treated with contempt - men are easily ruined by them. Therefore the superior man should by all means be careful in his dealings with them. It is said in the Tai Jia (Shu, III, v, sect. 1, 5, 7), "Do not frustrate the charge to me, and bring on yourself your own overthrow. Be like the forester, who, when he has adjusted the string, goes to examine the end of the arrow, whether it be placed according to rule, and then lets go." It is said in the Charge to Yue (III, viii, Sect. 2, 4), "It is the mouth which gives occasion to shame; they are the coat of mail and helmet which give occasion to war. The upper robes and lower garments (for reward) should not be taken (lightly from) their chests; before spear and shield are used, one should examine himself." It is said in the Tai Jia (Shu, III, v, sect. 2, 3), "Calamities sent by Heaven may be avoided; but from those brought on by one's self there is no escape." It is said in the Announcement of Yin (Shu, III, v, sect. 1, 3), "I have seen it myself in Xia with its western capital, that when its sovereigns went through a prosperous course to the end, their ministers also did the same."'

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