The Master said, “If I were granted many more years, and could devote fifty of them to learning, surely I would be able to be free of major faults.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master said, Give me a few more years—if I have fifty years to study, then perhaps I, too, can avoid any great errors.
[Or, according to the more widely accepted Ku text:] if I have fifty years to study the Book of Changes, then perhaps I, too, can avoid any great errors.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.