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The Works of Mencius, Gong Sun Chou IEdit

Chinese originalEdit

有若曰:『豈惟民哉?麒麟之於走獸,鳳凰之於飛鳥,太山之於丘垤,河海之於行潦,類也。聖人之於民,亦類也。出於其類,拔乎其萃,自生民以來,未有盛於孔子也。』

English translation (James Legge)Edit

You Ruo said, "Is it only among men that it is so? There is the Qi-lin among quadrupeds, the Feng-huang among birds, the Tai mountain among mounds and ant-hills, and rivers and seas among rain-pools. Though different in degree, they are the same in kind. So the sages among mankind are also the same in kind. But they stand out from their fellows, and rise above the level, and from the birth of mankind till now, there never has been one so complete as Confucius."

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