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" To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest subjects may not be announced.' CHAP. XX. Fan Ch'ih asked what constituted wisdom. The Master said, To give one's self earnestly... "
Primitive Culture: Researches Into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy ... - Page 43
by Edward Burnett Tylor - 1873
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The New Werner Twentieth Century Edition of the Encyclopaedia ..., Volume 6

Encyclopedias and dictionaries - 1907
...when one of the ministers of Lu asked him what constituted wisdom, he replied: "To give one's self earnestly to the duties due to men, and while respecting spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them, — that may be called wisdom." But what belief underlay the practice, as ancient as the first footprints...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 207

English literature - 1907
...death?' Above all, we have the celebrated utterance, ' To devote oneself earnestly to the duties owed to men, and, while respecting spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom.' Yet he was devout in prayer and fasting, and said, ' He who offends against God has none to whom he...
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Letters from the Far East

Sir Charles Eliot - China - 1907 - 188 pages
...Confucius taught in every Chinese school : ' To devote oneself earnestly to one's duties towards man, and while respecting spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom.' That is not the wisdom of Madura. There are fanatical sects in China and Japan, but religious enthusiasm...
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Morals in Evolution;: A Study in Comparative Ethics,

Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse - Ethics, Evolutionary - 1908
...to do with them as possible, and devote themselves instead to their duty towards their neighbours. " To give oneself earnestly to the duties due to men...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." l Nor does Confucius encourage thinking about the future life. Ke Loo asked about serving the spirits...
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The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Chamier-Draendorf

Albert Hauck, Samuel Macauley Jackson, Charles Colebrook Sherman, George William Gilmore - Theology - 1909
...disciples when they pried into things beyond their depth. " To give one's self earnestly," said he, " to the duties due to men, and, while respecting spiritual...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." This is his teaching in regard to the ancient creed of China. While he enjoined respect for its worship...
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The Light of the World: A Brief Comparative Study of Christianity and Non ...

Robert Elliott Speer - Christianity and other religions - 1911 - 372 pages
...(Legge, "The Life and Teachings of Confucius," p. 101.) "To give one's self earnestly," said Confucius, "to the duties due to men, and, while respecting spiritual...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." (P. 102.) In this view of the Chinese it has been said that they are a people without religion. "This...
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The Economic Principles of Confucius and His School ...

Huan-chang Chʻen - China - 1911
...talk about extraordinary things and spiritual beings.2 " To give one's self earnestly," said he, " to the duties due to men, and, while respecting spiritual...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." * In Confucianism, there is no prayer. Confucius being very sick, Tzu-lu, his pupil, asked leave to...
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History of Religions, Volume 1

George Foot Moore - Religions - 1913
...can you know about death?" To another, who asked what wisdom is, he answered: " To give one's self earnestly to the duties due to men, and, while respecting spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them." It is not so much single sayings of this kind as the absence of any teaching about the nature of these...
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Taxation and the Distribution of Wealth: Studies in the Economic, Ethical ...

Frédéric Mathews - Social problems - 1914 - 680 pages
...Ibid, XIV. 37, p. »8o. ' Ibid., p. 09. • Ibid. 370 Religion Pt. IV due to men," said the Master,1 "and, while respecting spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." "While you do not know life" he asks1 "how can you know about death?" Spiritual beings* were among...
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Morals in Evolution: A Study in Comparative Ethics

Leonard Trelawney Hobhouse - Ethics, Evolutionary - 1915 - 648 pages
...to do with them as possible, and devote themselves instead to their duty towards their neighbours. " To give oneself earnestly to the duties due to men...spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom."7 Nor does Confucius encourage thinking about the future life. Ke Loo asked about serving the...
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