Mencius. Book VII: Tsin Sin. Part I. Chapter XXXVII.
Legge's summary: That he be respected is essential to a scholar's engaging in the service of a prince.
1. Mencius said, 'To feed a scholar and not love him, is to treat him as a pig. To love him and not respect him, is to keep him as a domestic animal.
2. 'Honouring and respecting are what exist before any offering of gifts.
3. 'If there be honouring and respecting without the reality of them, a superior man may not be retained by such empty demonstrations.'
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Translated by James Legge
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