About the Five Virtues
There is a famous list of five virtues that were named by Confucius.
Different translators render them differently. I will list a few translations
below and after that I will include the quote from the Analects, Book XVII,
Chapter VI, also called 17.6.
Achieve Lasting Happiness
The Five Virtues of Confucianism
From Tu Wei-Ming
From Wm. Theodore de Bary
From Xinzhong Yao
Translation from James Legge (in the public domain)
Book XVII, Chapter VI, also called 17.6 in the Analects of Confucius.
Tsze-chang asked Confucius about perfect virtue.
Confucius said, 'To be able to practise five things everywhere under heaven
constitutes perfect virtue.'
He begged to ask what they were, and was told, 'Gravity, generosity of
soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. If you are grave, you will not
be treated with disrespect. If you are generous, you will win all. If you
are sincere, people will repose trust in you. If you are earnest, you will
accomplish much. If you are kind, this will enable you to employ
the services of others.
From James Legge
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