Mencius. Book VII: Tsin Sin. Part II. Chapter XX.
Legge's summary: How the ancients led on men by their example, while the rulers of Mencius's time tried to urge men contrary to their example.
Mencius said, 'Anciently, men of virtue and talents by means of their own enlightenment made others enlightened. Nowadays, it is tried, while they are themselves in darkness, and by means of that darkness, to make others enlightened.'
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Translated by James Legge
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