The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
His personal conduct all in all to a ruler.
The Master said, "When a prince's personal conduct is correct, his government is effective without the issuing of orders. If his personal conduct is not correct, he may issue orders, but they will not be followed."
The Master said, 'If a man is correct in his own person, then there will be obedience without orders being given; but if he is not correct in his own person, there will not be obedience even though orders are given.'
Le Maître dit : « Si le prince personnifie la rectitude, tout se fait sans qu'il commande ; si le prince ne l'incarne pas, il aura beau donner des ordres, il ne sera pas suivi. »
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu XIII. 6. (323) – Chinese off/on – Français/English
Alias the Lunyu, the Lun Yü, the Analects, les Entretiens du maître avec ses disciples.
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