The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
The value of the rules of propriety; and of example in those in high stations.
1. The Master said, "Respectfulness, without the rules of propriety, becomes laborious bustle; carefulness, without the rules of propriety, becomes timidity; boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination; straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness.
2. "When those who are in high stations perform well all their duties to their relations, the people are aroused to virtue. When old friends are not neglected by them, the people are preserved from meanness."
The Master said, 'Unless a man has the spirit of the rites, in being respectful he will wear himself out, in being careful he will become timid, in having courage he will become unruly, and in being forth- right he will become intolerant.1 'When the gentleman feels profound affection for his parents, the common people will be stirred to benevolence. When he does not forget friends of long standing, the common people will not shirk their obligations to other people.'
Le Maître dit : « Sans civilité la politesse devient laborieuse, la circonspection craintive, le courage rebelle, la franchise offensante. Que le prince remplisse avec zèle ses devoirs envers ses proches, et le peuple sera mû par le bien. Que le prince n'abandonne pas ses anciens amis, et le peuple ne sera pas négligent. »
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu VIII. 2. (190) – Chinese off/on – Français/English
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