CONFUCIUS ON THE LIFE-COURSE
The Master said,
‘At fifteen I set my heart upon learning
At thirty, I had planted my feet upon firm ground.
At forty, I no longer suffered from perplexities.
At fifty, I knew what were the biddings of Heaven
At sixty, I heard them with a docile ear.
At seventy, I could follow the dictates of my own heart;
for what I desired no longer overstepped the boundaries of right.
For more about Confucius, see the Stanford Encyclopedia of
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