Thursday, August 17, 2006

Confucius on Innovation

    子曰:「述而不作, 信而好古, 竊比於我老彭。」

    The Master said, 'I transmit but do not innovate; I am truthful in what I say and devoted to antiquity. I venture to compare myself to your Old P'eng.'

    Le Maître dit : « Je transmets, et n'invente rien de nouveau. J'estime les Anciens et ai foi en eux. Je me permets de me comparer à notre vieux P'eng. »
[Chinese from Analects of Confucius; English translation by D.C. Lau and French tranlsation by R. P. Séraphin Couvreur from The Analects of Confucius - Lun Yu VII. 1. (151)]
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