Mencius. Book VII: Tsin Sin. Part I. Chapter III.

Legge's summary: Virtue is sure to be gained by seeking it, but riches and other external things not.

1. Mencius said, 'When we get by our seeking and lose by our neglecting;-- in that case seeking is of use to getting, and the things sought for are those which are in ourselves.

2. 'When the seeking is according to the proper course, and the getting is only as appointed;-- in that case the seeking is of no use to getting, and the things sought are without ourselves.'

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