there were none left with whom I could rejoice. What manner of man is this?
"When I was on a mission to the Ch'u State," replied Confucius, "I saw a litter of young pigs sucking their dead mother. After a while they looked at her, and then they all left the body and went off. For their mother did not look at them any more, nor did she any more seem to be of their kind. What they loved was their mother; not the body which contained her, but that which made the body what it was.
"When a man is killed in battle, his arms are not buried with him.
- He has no further use for weapons.
A man whose toes have been cut off does not value a present of boots. In each case the function of such things is gone.
"The concubines of the Son of Heaven do not cut their nails or pierce their ears.
- For fear of injuring their persons.
He who has a marriageable daughter keeps her away from menial work. To preserve her beauty is quite enough occupation for her. How much more so for a man of perfect virtue?
- Who should trouble himself only about the internal.
"Now Ai T'ai To says nothing, and is trusted. He does nothing, and is sought after. He causes a man to offer him the government of his own State, and the only fear is lest he should decline.