The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
Confucius's description of his own character, as being simply a cheerful, earnest learner.
1. The Duke of Sheh asked Tsze-lû about Confucius, and Tsze-lû did not answer him.
2. The Master said, "Why did you not say to him, – He is simply a man, who in his eager pursuit of knowledge forgets his food, who in the joy of its attainment forgets his sorrows, and who does not perceive that old age is coming on?"
The Governor of She asked Tzu-lu about Confucius. Tzu-lu did not answer. The Master said, 'Why did you not simply say something to this effect: he is the sort of man who forgets to eat when he tries to solve a problem that has been driving him to distraction, who is so full of joy that he forgets his worries and who does not notice the onset of old age?'
Le prince de Che ayant interrogé Tzeu lou sur la personne de Confucius, Tzeu lou ne répondit pas. Le Maître dit : « Pourquoi n'as-tu pas répondu : “C'est un homme qui s'applique avec une telle ardeur qu'il oublie de manger, éprouve une telle joie qu'il oublie tous soucis ; et ne sent pas venir la vieillesse ?” » Le prince de Che était Chenn Tchou leang, nommé Tseu kao, préfet de Che hien. Il avait usurpé le titre de prince. (Tchou Hsi)
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu VII. 19. (169) – Chinese off/on – Français/English
Alias the Lunyu, the Lun Yü, the Analects, les Entretiens du maître avec ses disciples.
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