苟利国家,不求富贵 – Chinese philosophy and culture

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gǒu lì guó jiā, bú qiú fù guì 苟利国家,不求富贵

Seek to Benefit the Country Rather than Personal Wealth and Position

只求有利国家,不图个人富贵。这是中国传统政治思想中对于为官理政者的基本要求,其要旨在于提倡那种不谋私利、一心为公、勇于担当、甘于奉献乃至自我牺牲的精神。

This is a basic requirement of officials in traditional Chinese political philosophy. Essentially it advocates the spirit of an official who does not abuse power to seek personal benefit, who works wholeheartedly for the public, who never shirks responsibility and is dedicated to service even if it requires self-sacrifice.

引例 Citation:

◎君得其志,苟利国家,不求富贵。(《礼记·儒行》)

(只为了让国君实现其抱负,对国家有利,而自己并不贪图富贵。)

One should work to help the sovereign ruler in realizing his ideals, doing everything for the benefit of the country, without seeking personal wealth and honor. (The Book of Rites)

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