Youthful Folly


Youthful Folly has success.

It is not I who seek the young fool;

The young fool seeks me.

At the first oracle I inform him.

If he asks two or three times, it is importunity.

If he importunes, I give him no information.

Perseverance furthers.


A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain:

The image of Youth.

Thus the superior man fosters his character

By thoroughness in all that he does.

6. In punishing folly It does not further one To commit transgressions. The only thing that furthers Is to prevent transgressions.

5. Childlike folly brings good fortune.

4. Entangled folly brings humiliation.

3. Take not a maiden who, when she sees a man of bronze, Loses possession of herself. Nothing furthers.

2. To bear with fools in kindliness brings good fortune. To know how to take women Brings good fortune. The son is capable of taking charge of the household.

1. To make a fool develop It furthers one to apply discipline. The fetters should be removed. To go on in this way brings humiliation.