The Chinese Classical Work Commonly Called the Four Books

The Chinese Classical Work Commonly Called the Four Books

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...Hwuy ofLeang, his majesty said, my respected friend, since you did not deem one thousand miles far, you must have some scheme for the profit of my country. Mencius replied, O King why must you speak of profit! Benevolence and justice are sufficient. If your majesty ask how your kingdom may be profited, your Officers will ask how their families may be profited, and the people will ask how their persons may be profited. Superiors and inferiors will thus contend for profit, and the country will be endangered. The family of a country of one thousand chariots, will put to death the Sovereign of a country of ten thousand chariots, and the family of a country of one hundred chariots, will kill the Prince of a country of one thousand chariots.' That of ten thousand, one thousand should be taken and of one thousand, one hundred, is not little, but if you put profit first, and keep justice in the back ground, they will not be satisfied without seizing the whole. It never has been that the virtuous neglected their parents, or that the just were slow in saving their Sovereign. Speak only of virtue and justice; why speak of profit! A Country of ten thousand chariots, refers to the territory immediately connected with the Imperial seat. It consisted of one thousand square Le and sent forth ten thousand war chariots. A family o'one thousand chariots refers to the countries of the chieftains of small Provinces. Their territories consisted of one hundred square Le and sent out one thousand war chariots. A family of one hundred chariots was that of a great officer of on of of the petty Princes called Cheo Haw, A 2. Mencius having called upon Hwuy, king of Leang, found him standing on the side of a pond, looking at the geese and deer. On seeing him the king said, do..show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123651601X
  • 9781236516015