Too good to be true?


Confucius said: “Yan Hui was so admirable! A handful of rice to eat, a gourd of water to drink, a hovel in a mean street to live in: while others would have been unable to endure such misery, Yan Hui never let it make any difference to his happiness. Yan Hui was so admirable!”

I have no evidence to support this claim, but I can’t help wondering whether Confucius wore rose-tinted glasses when reminiscing about Yan Hui. While I have no doubt that Confucius was sincere in his praise of his protégé, descriptions like this make him sound almost too good to be true.

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