Words of wisdom

子曰:「不逆詐,不億不信。抑亦先覺者,是賢乎?」
Confucius said: “Without anticipating deception or suspecting bad faith, but still to be able to sense them beforehand, is that not what wisdom is?”

Useful advice: always be ready to the see the best in people, but also be prepared for the worst.

The character 賢 (xián) literally means both able and virtuous. In this context, wisdom seems be the most appropriate translation. Perceptiveness would be a good alternative.

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