14.25

Qu Boyu sent a messenger to Confucius. Confucius sat with him and inquired, “What is Qu Boyu up to these days?”

“He’s trying to reduce his faults,” the messenger replied, “but he’s been unable to do so.”

After the messenger left, Confucius remarked, “Now there’s a messenger!”

15.7

Confucius said, “How straight Shi Yu was! When the Way prevailed in the state, he was straight as an arrow. When the Way didn’t prevail in the state, he was still straight as an arrow.

“And Qu Boyu was noble. When the Way prevailed in the state, he served. When the Way didn’t prevail in the state, he could roll it up and hide it away.”