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1. 子曰:「吾十有五而志于學,

2. 三十而立,

3. 四十而不惑,

4. 五十而知天命,

5. 六十而耳順,

6. 七十而從心所欲、不踰矩。」


1. The Master said, 'At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning.

2. 'At thirty, I stood firm.

3. 'At forty, I had no doubts.

4. 'At fifty, I knew the decrees of Heaven.

5. 'At sixty, my ear was an obedient organ for the reception of truth.

6. 'At seventy, I could follow what my heart desired, without transgressing what was right.'

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