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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 16:19:50 +0200
From: Thomas <>
Subject: [confucius-list] Mencius 7B.21: wild grass

This saying by Mencius is as beautiful as Confucius' and superbly translated
by Legge:

Mencius said to the disciple Kao, 'There are the footpaths along the
hills;-- if suddenly they be used, they become roads; and if, as suddenly
they are not used, the wild grass fills them up. Now, the wild grass fills
up your mind.'

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