其身不正,雖令不從

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Chinese[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
not; no; (negative prefix)
 
just (right); main; upright; straight; correct; principle; Chinese 1st month of year
although; even though
 
make or cause to be; order; command; decree; honorable
not; no; (negative prefix)
 
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

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

其身不正,雖令不從

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