The Master said, to learn and at due times to repeat what one has learned, is that not after all a pleasure? That friends should come to one from afar, is this not after all delightful? To remain unsoured even though one’s merits are unrecognized by others, is that not after all what is expected of a gentleman?
The Master said, “At fifteen I set my heart upon learning. At thirty, I planted my feet firm upon the ground. At forty, I no longer suffered from 2)perplexities. At fifty, I knew what were the 3)biddings of Heaven. At sixty, I heard them with 4)docile ear. At seventy, I could follow the 5)dictates of my own heart; for what I desired no longer overstepped the boundaries of right.”
The Master said, 6)incomparable indeed was Hui! A handful of rice to eat, a 7)gourdful of water to drink, living in a mean street. Others would have found it 8)unendurably depressing, but to Hui’s cheerfulness it made no difference at all. Incomparable indeed was Hui!
1、 analects [5An[lekts] n. 论集，文选
2、 perplexity [p[5pleksiti] n. 困惑;窘困
3、 bidding [5bidiN] n. 命令，吩咐
4、 docile [5dEusail] a. 驯顺的，驯良的
5、 dictate [5dikteit] n. [常用复]命令，支配
6、 incomparable [in5kCmpErEbl] a. 无比的，无双的
7、 gourdful [5guEdful] n. 一葫芦的量
8、 unendurably [5Qnin5djuErEbli] ad. 难忍受地，不可容忍地