When I was fifteen I set my heart on learning.
At thirty I took my stand.
At forty I was without confusion.
At fifty I knew the command of Tian.
At sixty I heard it with a compliant ear.
At seventy I follow the desires of my heart and do not overstep the bounds.
At fifteen, I set my heart on learning.
At thirty, I was firmly established.
At forty, I had no more doubts.
At fifty, I knew the will of heaven.
At sixty, I was ready to listen to it.
At seventy, I could follow my heart’s desire without transgressing what was right.