Follow us on Facebook to receive important updates Follow us on Twitter to receive important updates Follow us on sina.com's microblogging site to receive important updates Follow us on Douban to receive important updates
Chinese Text Project
Simplified Chinese version
Show translation:[None] [English]
Show statistics Edit searchSearch details:
Scope: Liang Hui Wang I Request type: Paragraph
Condition 1: Contains text "王曰何以利吾国" Matched:1.
Total 1 paragraphs. Page 1 of 1.

梁惠王上 - Liang Hui Wang I

Library Resources
1 梁惠王上:
孟子见梁惠王。王曰:“叟不远千里而来,亦将有以利吾国乎?”
Liang Hui Wang I:
Mencius went to see king Hui of Liang. The king said, 'Venerable sir, since you have not counted it far to come here, a distance of a thousand li, may I presume that you are provided with counsels to profit my kingdom?'
孟子对曰:“王何必曰利?亦有仁义而已矣。王曰‘何以利吾国’?大夫曰‘何以利吾家’?士庶人曰‘何以利吾身’?上下交征利而国危矣。万乘之国弑其君者,必千乘之家;千乘之国弑其君者,必百乘之家。万取千焉,千取百焉,不为不多矣。苟为后义而先利,不夺不餍。未有仁而遗其亲者也,未有义而后其君者也。王亦曰仁义而已矣,何必曰利?”
Mencius replied, 'Why must your Majesty use that word "profit?" What I am provided with, are counsels to benevolence and righteousness, and these are my only topics. 'If your Majesty say, "What is to be done to profit my kingdom?" the great officers will say, "What is to be done to profit our families?" and the inferior officers and the common people will say, "What is to be done to profit our persons?" Superiors and inferiors will try to snatch this profit the one from the other, and the kingdom will be endangered. In the kingdom of ten thousand chariots, the murderer of his sovereign shall be the chief of a family of a thousand chariots. In the kingdom of a thousand chariots, the murderer of his prince shall be the chief of a family of a hundred chariots. To have a thousand in ten thousand, and a hundred in a thousand, cannot be said not to be a large allotment, but if righteousness be put last, and profit be put first, they will not be satisfied without snatching all. There never has been a benevolent man who neglected his parents. There never has been a righteous man who made his sovereign an after consideration. Let your Majesty also say, "Benevolence and righteousness, and let these be your only themes." Why must you use that word - "profit?".'

Total 1 paragraphs. Page 1 of 1.