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The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).

Lunyu XV. 3. (394)

How Confucius aimed at the knowledge of an all-pervading unity.
1. The Master said, "Ts'ze, you think, I suppose, that I am one who learns many things and keeps them in memory?"
2. Tsze-kung replied, "Yes, – but perhaps it is not so?"
3. "No," was the answer; "I seek a unity all pervading."

Legge XV.2.

The Master said, 'Ssu, do you think that I am the kind of man who learns widely and retains what he has learned in his mind?' 'Yes, I do. Is it not so?' 'No. I have a single thread binding it all together.'2

Lau [15:3]

Le Maître dit : « Seu, me considères-tu comme un homme qui a beaucoup appris et beaucoup retenu ? – Oui, répondit Tzeu koung. Suis-je dans l'erreur ? – Tu es dans l'erreur, reprit Confucius. J'ai un fil qui relie tout1. »

1. Cf chap. IV, 15 (MBC).

Couvreur XV.2.

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