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Which section of which book of Mencius can we find the quote “He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man” Which part of which book does Mencius say this? It is important"

May 6th, 2015

Mencius lived  - most accepted dates: 372 – 289 BC


Wikipedia gives this reference for his saying “He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man”



The Mencius 7:A1 in Chan 1963: 78. as far as I understood it is an edition in Chinese


Let me know if you have any questions




May 6th, 2015

Do you know edition from DC Lau?

May 6th, 2015

No sorry, I can try and look it up

May 6th, 2015

Please do; it is mission critical.

May 6th, 2015

Ok, as far as I understand the book is divided into these sections, similar as here:

http://faculty.vassar.edu/brvannor/mengzi.html

but it is only partial translation there and there is no section 7A


when the book is translated, sections are the same, so that quote should be in the book The Mencius - in section  7:A1



May 6th, 2015

and possibly the last number after the edition year (1963) could be a page number, but I am not 100% sure about the page number

May 6th, 2015

but again if that is a page that would be a page in Chinese edition, not the D. C. Lau's translation

May 6th, 2015

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