Analects 2.6

Original Text:



Other Translations:

Meng Wubo asked about filial piety. The Master replied, “Give your parents no cause for anxiety other than the possibility that they might fall ill.”

Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.

Meng Wu Bo asked about filial devotion. The Master said, Your father and mother should have to worry only about your falling ill.

[Or, according to another interpretation of the last clause:]

In the case of one’s father and mother, one just worries about their falling ill.

Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.

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