The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
The superior man should not be mercenary, but have truth for his object.
The Master said, "The object of the superior man is truth. Food is not his object. There is plowing;– even in that there is sometimes want. So with learning;– emolument may be found in it. The superior man is anxious lest he should not get truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him."
The Master said, 'The gentleman devotes his mind to attaining the Way and not to securing food. Go and till the land and you will end up by being hungry, as a matter of course; study, and you will end up with the salary of an official, as a matter of course. The gentleman worries about the Way, not about poverty.'
Le Maître dit : « L'homme honorable recherche la Voie, et non les biens matériels. Au sein même du labourage [guette] la disette. Au sein même de l'étude [réside] la faveur. L'homme honorable se préoccupe de la Voie, non de la pauvreté. »
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu XV. 32. (423) – Chinese off/on – Français/English
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