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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 XIV. 43. (390)

Confucius's conduct to an unmannerly old man of his acquaintance.
Yüan Zang was squatting on his heels, and so waited the approach of the Master, who said to him, "In youth not humble as befits a junior; in manhood, doing nothing worthy of being handed down; and living on to old age:– this is to be a pest." With this he hit him on the shank with his staff.

Legge XIV.46.

Yjian Jang sat waiting with his legs spread wide. The Master said, 'To be neither modest nor deferential when young, to have passed on nothing worthwhile when grown up, and to refuse to die when old, that is what I call a pest.' So saying, the Master tapped him on the shin with his stick.

Lau [14:43]

Iuen Jang1 attendait Confucius en se tenant accroupi. Le Maître lui dit : « Quand vous étiez jeune, vous ne respectiez pas ceux qui étaient plus âgés que vous. Devenu grand, vous n'avez rien fait de louable. Devenu vieux, vous ne mourez pas. Vos exemples sont très nuisibles. » Confucius avec son bâton lui frappa légèrement les jambes.

1. Iuen Jang est, traditionnellement, considéré comme un vieil ami de Confucius (MBC).

Couvreur XIV.46.

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