Wind And Thunder: The Image Of Increase. Thus The Superior Ma
Wind and thunder: the image of Increase.
Thus the superior man:
If he sees good, he imitates it;
If he has faults, he rids himself of them.
Thunder on the mountain: The image of Preponderance of the Small.
Thus in his conduct the superior man gives preponderance to reverence....
The lake rises above the trees: The image of Preponderance of the Great.
Thus the superior man, when he stands alone, Is unconcerned, And if he has to renounce the world, He is undaunted....
Thunder and wind: the image of Duration. Thus the superior man stands firm And does not change his direction.
Within the earth, a mountain: The image of Modesty.
Thus the superior man reduces that which is too much, And augments that which is too little....
The light has sunk into the earth: The image of Darkening of the Light.
Thus does the superior man live with the great mass: He veils his light, yet still shines....
Thunder repeated: the image of Shock. Thus in fear and trembling The superior man sets his life in order And examines himself.
A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of Youth.
Thus the superior man fosters his character By thoroughness in all that he does....
Wind comes forth from fire: The image of The Family.
Thus the superior man has substance in his words And duration in his way of life....
He who imitates evil always goes beyond the limits of the example, whereas he who imitates what is good, always falls short.
-- Confucius Say...