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Common courtesies


Whenever Confucius saw someone in mourning dress, or a grandee in ceremonial robes, or a blind person, even if they were younger than him he would always rise to his feet or quicken his step if he had to pass by them.

Rising to your feet and quickening your step if already walking were regarded as signs of respect. Such was the strength of his observance of the rites, Confucius observed these courtesies spontaneously whenever appropriate.