Analects on Humaneness 仁 (rén)

The Master said, “Those who are clever in their words and pretentious in their appearance, yet are humane, are few indeed.” [1.3]


Fan Chi asked about wisdom. The Master said, “Devote yourself to what must rightly be done for the people; respect spiritual beings, while keeping at a distance from them. This may be called wisdom.” He asked about humaneness. The Master said, “One who is humane first does what is difficult and only thereafter concerns himself with success. This may be called humaneness.” (6.20)

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