Confucius said, “Zichan had four qualities of a noble person. He behaved with reverence. He was respectful when serving his superiors. He cared for the common people, and he was just in how he employed them.”
Confucius said, “When drafting official documents, Pi Chen wrote the first draft, Shi Shu reviewed and discussed it, Ziyu revised it, and Zichan would apply the finishing polish.”
Someone asked about Zichan.
Confucius replied, “He was generous.”
“And what about Zixi?”
Confucius replied, “That guy? Don’t even mention him.”
“And how about Guan Zhong?”
Confucius answered, “He was a man! He seized a territory of three hundred households in Pian from the Bo family. Although the head of the family was reduced to eating coarse rice for the rest of his life, he didn’t utter a single word of complaint against him.”