The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
The qualifications of an officer, who will always act right in accepting and declining office.
1. The Master said, "With sincere faith he unites the love of learning; holding firm to death, he is perfecting the excellence of his course.
2. "Such a one will not enter a tottering state, nor dwell in a disorganized one. When right principles of government prevail in the kingdom, he will show himself; when they are prostrated, he will keep concealed.
3. "When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of."
The Master said, 'Have the firm faith to devote yourself to learning, and abide to the death in the good way. Enter not a state that is in peril; stay not in a state that is in danger. Show yourself when the Way prevails in the Empire, but hide yourself when it does not. It is a shameful matter to be poor and humble when the Way prevails in the state. Equally, it is a shameful matter to be rich and noble when the Way falls into disuse in the state.'
Le Maître dit : « Adonnez-vous à l'étude avec une foi profonde, conservez [la bonne voie] jusqu'à la mort ; n'entrez pas dans un pays troublé ; ne demeurez pas dans un État en rébellion. Si le monde suit la Voie, montrez-vous1, sinon cachez-vous. Si le pays suit la Voie, ayez honte de n'avoir ni richesses ni honneurs. Mais s'il ne la suit pas, ayez honte d'en avoir. »
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu VIII. 13. (201) – Chinese on/off – Français/English
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