365 Days for Travelers: Mar 23


Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics

TANG JU PERSUADES LORD XINLING (EXCERPT)

Lord Xinling killed General Jin Bi, saved the city of
Handan, defeated the army of Qin, and saved the
state of Zhao.

Before the King of Zhao arrived in the countryside
to welcome him in person, Tang Ju said to Lord
Xinling, “I, your subject, have heard the following
saying:

There are things that cannot be known,
and those that must be known.
There are things that cannot be forgotten,
and those that must be forgotten.”

Lord Xinling asked, “How so?”
He replied, “If others detest me, it must be known.
If I detest others, it cannot be known. If others do
me a favor, it cannot be forgotten. If I do others a
favor, it must be forgotten.

“Today, my Lord has slain Jin Bi, saved Handan,
defeated the army of Qin, and saved the state of
Zhao, a great favor indeed. Now, the King of Zhao
has come to the countryside to welcome you in
person. As soon as you meet the King of Zhao,
I your subject, sincerely hope my Lord will forget it.”

To which Lord Xiling said, “Inevitably, I respectfully
receive your teachings.”