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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 Reformed Church Review

Theology - 1898
...the duties toward man is at the expense of duties toward God. Said Confucius : " To give one's self to the duties due to men and while respecting spiritual...beings to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." Duties toward men, however, does not mean duties toward men as individuals. The development of the...
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The Quarterly Review

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Sir John Murray (IV), Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle) - 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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Confucianism and Christianity: The First Encounter, Volume 1

John D. Young - Religion - 1983 - 196 pages
...quotation runs as follows: 'Fan Ch'ih asked what constituted wisdom. The Master said, "To give one's self earnestly to the duties due to men, and, while respecting...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." (Legge, The Chinese Classics, vol. I, Confucian Analects, p. 191.) 62. TCSI, shang-chuan, pp. 45b-46....
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On Adam Smith and Confucius: The Theory of Moral Sentiments and the Analects

Wei-Bin Zhang - Philosophy - 2000 - 152 pages
...belong to him is flattery. When Fan Chi asked about practical wisdom in governing, Confucius replied: To give oneself earnestly to the duties due to men,...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom. We may provide another example to see how different environments influenced Smith and Confucius. Technological...
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Ethical Questions: East and West

Bina Gupta - Philosophy - 2002 - 281 pages
...VII BOOK VI Chapter XX Fan Ch'ih asked what constituted wisdom. The Master said, "To give one's self earnestly to the duties due to men, and, while respecting...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." He asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, "The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome...
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The Victorian Translation of China: James Legge's Oriental Pilgrimage

N. J. Girardot - History - 2002 - 780 pages
...that the most famous of all passages used to document Kongzi's nonreligious nature (To give one's self to the duties due to men, and while respecting spiritual...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom," AnalectsV}.\\\\) may mean nothing more than his warning to his disciples about the "superstitious"...
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City Life in Japan: A Study of a Tokyo Ward, Volume 2

Ronald Philip Dore - Social Science - 1958 - 472 pages
...appropriate attitude towards supernatural beings has a long tradition going back to Confucius at least. ('While respecting spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them may be called wisdom.')251 During the Tokugawa period, the appropriate attitude which should be displayed towards...
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The Life and Teachings of Confucius, Volume 1

James Legge - Philosophy - 2006 - 352 pages
...XL xi. 3 Ana. VII. xxiii. as to what constituted wisdom. " To give one'g-self earnestly," said he, " to the duties due to men, and, while respecting spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom."1 At any rate, as by his frequent references to Heaven, instead of following the phraseology...
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Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom

Eric H. Kessler, James R. Bailey - Business & Economics - 2007 - 579 pages
...Confucian thought sees wisdom as more in line with respect as per the idea that "to give one's self earnestly to the duties due to men, and, while respecting...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." Taoist doctrine tends to see wisdom as learned, particularly through introspection. Obviously, the...
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Personal Heaven

Alasdair T. R. Laurie - Religions - 2007 - 59 pages
...was just.'" Book 6, 20 "Fan Ch'ih asked what constituted wisdom. The Master said, To give one's self earnestly to the duties due to men, and, while respecting...beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom.' He asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome...
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