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By Richard Wilhelm

ISBN-10: 0710070055

ISBN-13: 9780710070050

First released in 1931. This re-issues the version of 1972.
This translation and Wilhelm's precious commentaries offer a concise and readable survey of Confucius, the fellow and his teachings. This quantity interprets The lifetime of Confucius from an historic chinese language textual content, the Shih Chi, or The historic Records by means of Sse-Ma Ch'ien, courting from the flip of the second one century B.C.

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Among his disciples was one by the name of Kung-Liang Ju, who joined Con­ fucius with five of his own chariots. He was of ripe age, competent, and full of courageous strength. H e said: “ When I formerly joined the Master, we met with difficulties in K£uang. Today we again meet with difficulties here. That is fate. ” Thereupon they swore an agreement with him, and let him depart at the East Gate. Thereupon, Confucius went to Wei. Tze Kung 1 Mencius, VII, B. 37. Translators9 Note. Wilhelm’s grosszugtg hardly seems cor­ rect, in the light of the Chinese text, since k*uang chien rather means negligent, or overhasty.

Confucius said: “Yes, there is such a saying. 1 After Confucius had conducted the government of the state for three months, the sellers of lambs and of suckling pigs no longer falsified their prices, and men and women walked on different sides of the road. Lost objects were not picked up on the streets. Strangers who came from all sides did not need to turn to the officials when they entered the city, for all were received as if they were return­ ing to their own homes. The people of Ch‘i heard of this, and they were afraid, and said: “ Confucius is surely carrying on the government in such a fashion that he will 1 This story, which is found neither in the Tso Chiian nor in the Lun Yii, is probably apocryphal.

An arrow of the wood of the hou tree, with a stone head, had pierced it. It was one foot eight inches long. Duke Min of Ch‘en sent a mes­ senger to Chung Ni (Confucius) to ask him about it. 1 Once, when King Wu had overcome the Shang Dynasty, 1 The Nu Chen, a Manchurian tribe, are probably meant. 30 T H E L I F E O F C O N F U C IU S he extended his rule to the nine Yi tribes and the hundred Man tribes, and caused them all to appear with the tribute of their country, in order that they might not forget the duties of their station.

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