Confucius remarked: "The Emperor Shun might perhaps be considered, in the highest sense of the word, a pious man. In moral qualities he was a saint. In dignity of office he was the ruler of the Empire. In wealth all that the wide world contained belonged to him. After his death his spirit was sacrificed to in the ancestral temple, and his children and grandchildren preserved the sacrifice for long generations."
"Thus it is that he who possesses great moral qualities will certainly attain to corresponding high position; to corresponding great prosperity; to corresponding great name; to corresponding great age."
"For God in giving life to all created things, is surely bountiful to them according to their qualities. Hence the tree that is full of life, he fosters and sustains; while that which is ready to fall, he cuts off and destroys."
The Book of Songs says:
"He is our good and noble King
And oh ! how charming in all his way !
The land and people all do sing
The praise of his impartial sway.
Heaven to his sires the Kingdom gave
And him with equal favour views;
Heaven's strength and aid will ever save
The throne whose grant it oft renews."
"It is therefore true that he who possesses exceedingly great moral qualities will certainly receive the divine call to the Imperial throne."