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子曰:「回也,其心三月不違仁,其餘則日月至焉而已矣。」
Confucius said: “Ah! Yan Hui could focus his mind solely on goodness for three months, whereas others can manage only a day or a month.

More praise for Yan Hui: this time for his ability to focus his mind solely on the pursuit of goodness to the exclusion of everything else.

It’s tempting to wonder whether Yan Hui truly was as exceptional as Confucius paints him. Perhaps in his grief Confucius developed rose-tinted glasses when looking back at the life of his protégé.

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