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to choose; to pick; to select; to elect
worthy (person)
and; to give; together with; take part in; (interrog. part.)
ability; can; may; capable; energy; able
trad. (選賢與能)
simp. (选贤与能)
variant forms 選賢舉能选贤举能


A famous quote from the Book of Rites:

大道天下為公選賢與能。」 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
大道天下为公选贤与能。” [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Analects of Confucius, circa 475 – 221 BCE, translated based on James Legge's version
Dàdào zhī xíng yě, tiānxiàwèigōng. Xuǎnxiányǔnéng, jiǎng xìn xiū mù.” [Pinyin]
When the Grand course was pursued, a public and common spirit ruled all under the sky; they chose men of talents, virtue, and ability; their words were sincere, and what they cultivated was harmony.




  1. to choose and appoint people of talents, virtue, and ability

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