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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. 34. (425)

How to know the superior man and the mean man; and their capacities.
The Master said, "The superior man cannot be known in little matters; but he may be intrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be intrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters."

Legge XV.33.

The Master said, 'The gentleman cannot be appreciated in small things but is acceptable in great matters. A small man is not acceptable in great matters but can be appreciated in small things.'

Lau [15:34]

Le Maître dit : « On ne peut apprécier le sage dans une petite chose1, mais on peut lui en confier de grandes. On ne peut confier de grandes choses à l'homme de peu ; mais on peut l'apprécier dans les petites2. »

1. Parce qu'il ne peut exceller dans toutes les petites choses.
2. Parce qu'il ne peut exceller que dans les petites choses.

Couvreur XV.33.

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