The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
The hopelessness of the case of those who assent and approve without reformation or serious thought.
The Master said, "Can men refuse to assent to the words of strict admonition? But it is reforming the conduct because of them which is valuable. Can men refuse to be pleased with words of gentle advice? But it is unfolding their aim which is valuable. If a man be pleased with these words, but does not unfold their aim, and assents to those, but does not reform his conduct, I can really do nothing with him."
The Master said, 'One cannot but give assent to exemplary words, but what is important is that one should rectify oneself. One cannot but be pleased with tactful words, but what is important is that one should reform oneself. I can do nothing with the man who gives assent hut does not rectify himself or the man who is pleased but does not reform himself;'
Le Maître dit : « Comment ne pas approuver des préceptes exemplaires ? Mais le plus précieux est de se corriger dans leur sens. Comment ne pas acquiescer à des conseils habiles ? Mais le plus précieux est d'y réfléchir. Je n'ai que faire d'un homme qui acquiesce sans réfléchir, qui approuve sans se corriger. »
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu IX. 24. (233) – Chinese off/on – Français/English
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