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田子方 - Tian Zi-fang

English translation: James Legge [?]
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1 田子方:
田子方侍坐於魏文侯,數稱谿工。文侯曰:「谿工,子之師邪?」子方曰:「非也。無擇之里人也,稱道數當,故無擇稱之。」文侯曰:「然則子無師邪?」子方曰:「有。」曰:「子之師誰邪?」子方曰:「東郭順子。」文侯曰:「然則夫子何故未嘗稱之?」子方曰:「其為人也真,人貌而天虛,緣而葆真,清而容物。物無道,正容以悟之,使人之意也消。無擇何足以稱之!」
Tian Zi-fang:
Tian Zi-fang, sitting in attendance on the marquis Wen of Wei, often quoted (with approbation) the words of Qi Gong. The marquis said, 'Is Qi Gong your preceptor?' Zi-fang replied, 'No. He only belongs to the same neighbourhood. In speaking about the Dao, his views are often correct, and therefore I quote them as I do.' The marquis went on, 'Then have you no preceptor?' 'I have.' 'And who is he?' He is Dong-guo Shun-zi.' 'And why, my Master, have I never heard you quote his words?' Zi-fang replied, 'He is a man who satisfies the true (ideal of humanity); a man in appearance, but (having the mind of) Heaven. Void of any thought of himself, he accommodates himself to others, and nourishes the true ideal that belongs to him. With all his purity, he is forbearing to others. Where they are without the Dao, he rectifies his demeanour, so that they understand it, and in consequence their own ideas melt away and disappear. How should one like me be fit to quote his words?'
子方出,文侯儻然終日不言,召前立臣,而語之曰:「遠矣全德之君子!始吾以聖知之言、仁義之行為至矣,吾聞子方之師,吾形解而不欲動,口鉗而不欲言。吾所學者直土梗耳,夫魏真為我累耳!」
When Zi-fang went out, the marquis Wen continued in a state of dumb amazement all the day. He then called Long Li-chen, and said to him, 'How far removed from us is the superior man of complete virtue! Formerly I thought the words of the sages and wise men, and the practice of benevolence and righteousness, to be the utmost we could reach to. Since I have heard about the preceptor of Zi-fang, my body is all unstrung, and I do not wish to move, and my mouth is closed up, and I do not wish to speak - what I have learned has been only a counterfeit of the truth. Yes, (the possession of Wei) has been an entanglement to me.'

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