The Master said, “Learn as if you will never catch up, and as if you feared losing what you have already attained.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master said, Study as though you could never catch up, [and if you did,] you would still be fearful of losing it.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.