其身不正,雖令不從

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Mandarin[edit]

 
his; her; its; theirs; that; such; it (refers to sth preceding it)
 
body; torso; person; life; status; pregnancy; (a measure word used for clothes) suit
(negative prefix); not; no
 
just (right); main; upright; straight; correct; principle; Chinese 1st month of year
although; even though
 
make or cause to be; order; command; decree; honorable
(negative prefix); not; no
 
from; obey; observe; follow; second cousin; lax; yielding; unhurried
trad. (其身不正,雖令不從)
simp. (其身不正,虽令不从)

Etymology[edit]

From the Analects of Confucius

Proverb[edit]

其身不正雖令不從 (traditional, Pinyin qí shēn bù zhèng, suí lìng bù cóng, simplified 其身不正,虽令不从)

  1. If the ruler is not upright, even though he orders people to do something they will not comply.

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