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identify himself in every way with the yeas and nays of his fellows, and yet not call himself one of them ; — this is the height of folly.
" A man who knows that he is a fool is not a great fool. A man who knows his error is not greatly in error. Great error can never be shaken off; a great fool never becomes clear-headed. If three men are travelling and one man makes a mistake, they may still arrive at their destination, error being in the minority. But if two of them make a mistake, then they will not succeed, error being in the majority. And now, as all the world is in error, I, though I know the true path, am alas ! unable to guide.
Grand music does not appeal to vulgar ears. Give them the ChS-yang or the Huang-hua^
The " Not for Joseph" and " Sally Come Up " of ancient China.
and they will roar with laughter. And likewise great truths do not take hold of the hearts of the masses. And great truths not finding utterance, common-places carry the day. Two earthen in- struments will drown the sound of one metal one ; and the result will not be melodious.
" And now, as all the world is in error, I, though I know the true path, — how shall I guide ? If I know that I cannot succeed and yet try to force success, this would be but another source of error. Better, then, to desist and strive no more. But if I strive not, who will ?