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

Legge's summary: Failures in evident duty will be accompanied by failure in all duty. Precipitate advances are followed by speedy retreats.

1. Mencius said, 'He who stops short where stopping is acknowledged to be not allowable, will stop short in everything. He who behaves shabbily to those whom he ought to treat well, will behave shabbily to all.

2. 'He who advances with precipitation will retire with speed.'

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