Confucius: On the Quality of Jade


It is soft, smooth and shining
like intelligence.

Its edges stay sharp but do not cut
like justice.

It hangs down to the ground
like humility.

When struck it gives a clear ringing sound
like music

The strains in it are not hidden and add to its beauty
like truthfulness.

It has brightness
like heaven.

Its firm substance is born of the mountains and the waters
like the earth