At fifteen my mind was set on learning. At thirty my character had been formed. At forty I had no more perplexities. At fifty I knew the Mandate of Heaven. At sixty I was at ease with whatever I heard. At seventy I could follow my heart's desire without transgressing moral principles.


Quoted in Analects

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Confucius. 論語 [The Analects]. c. 479 BCE.

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Confucius. The Analects, edited and translated by Annping Chin. Penguin Classics, 2014.