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'Therefore while the actions of the Great Man are not directed to injure men, he does not plume himself on his benevolence and kindness; while his movements are not made with a view to gain, he does not consider the menials of a family as mean; while he does not strive after property and wealth, he does not plume himself on declining them; while he does not borrow the help of others to accomplish his affairs, he does not plume himself on supporting himself by his own strength, nor does he despise those who in their greed do what is mean; while he differs in his conduct from the vulgar, he does not plume himself on being so different from them; while it is his desire to follow the multitude, he does not despise the glib-tongued flatterers. The rank and emoluments of the world furnish no stimulus to him, nor does he reckon its punishments and shame to be a disgrace. He knows that the right and the wrong can (often) not be distinguished, and that what is small and what is great can (often) not be defined. I have heard it said, "The Man of Tâo does not become distinguished; the greatest virtue is unsuccessful; the Great Man has no thought of self;"-- to so great a degree may the lot be restricted.

是故大人之行,不出乎害人,不多仁恩;动不为利,不贱门隶;货财弗争,不多辞让;事焉不借人,不多食乎力,不贱贪污;行殊乎俗,不多辟异;为在从众,不贱佞谄;世之爵禄不足以为劝,戮耻不足以为辱;知是非之不可为分,细大之不可为倪。闻曰:‘道人不闻,至德不得,大人无己。’约分之至也。
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