The title of the Analects, Lun-yü,, of Confucius, we can translate as something like “Discourses and Dialogues” — Analects,, would be “Digest” or “Collection”. One of the most influential books of all time, The Analects of Confucius collects the sayings and wisdom of the Chinese philosopher and his followers. quotes from The Analects: ‘The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.’.

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When the Noble Man is in mourning, he cannot enjoy the taste of delicious food, cannot enjoy the sound of music, and cannot be comfortable in his own home, and therefore he won’t do such a thing. Indeed, if the ruler is not a ruler, the ministers not ministers, fathers not fathers and sons not sons, even if I have food, how can I eat it?

The Odes can uplift you, can make you observant, can help you to get along with people, can help you to use your anger [in a proper way]. How difficult it is to have constancy! Why must there be THAT-making one be in the government?

After doing this, if he has energy to spare, he can study literature and the arts. Yen Yuan asked about perfect virtue. The master said to Ran You: He praises the good, and pities the incompetent.

He completes it with sincerity. When not needed, concealing.

At home, he sat on thick fox and badger rugs. At first I used to listen to what people said and expect them to act accordingly. Once the fundamentals are established, the proper way appears.

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If one do not find the door and enter by it, he cannot see the ancestral temple with its beauties, nor all the officers in their analevt array. Why should a noble man be concerned about not having brothers? Ji Huan ruler of Lu received them, and for three days did not hold court. I am also ashamed of them.

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Zi Zhang asked what they were. Tsze-chang asked Confucius about perfect virtue. How can he be considered to have been frugal? He hears one point and analectt the whole thing. How complete and elegant are its regulations!

Analects of Confucius

The talents and virtue of other men are hillocks and mounds which may be stepped over. He would always inform the incoming minister on all the details of the prior government. If you are not consistently developing your virtue, what can you give to others? Thrice he declined the kingdom, and the people in ignorance of his motives could not express their approbation of his conduct. When the parties upon whom a man leans are proper persons to be intimate with, he can make them his guides and masters.

The ardent will advance and lay hold of truth; the cautiously-decided will keep themselves from what is wrong. Views Read Edit View history. Live in your town without stirring up resentments, and live in your household without stirring up resentments. How can you just push people away like this?

The kingdom has long been without the principles of truth and right; Heaven is going to use your master as a bell with its wooden tongue. According to the Han dynasty scholar Liu Xiangthere were two versions of the Analects that existed at the beginning of the Han dynasty: Now and hereafter, I know my escape from all injury to my person.


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When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies. It is used in religious and philosophical works to describe a consciousness that is able to penetrate all things and apprehend them. Even though he was arrested once, anxlect had been innocent; therefore Confucius gave him his daughter in marriage. He should be earnest and truthful.

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When the bearer of this message went out at the door, the Master took his lute and sang to it, in order that Pei might hear him. From afar, he appears majestic; close up, he seems warm; listening to his speech, he seems polished. Zifu Jingbo told Confucius about it, saying: I have not dreamt of the Duke of Zhou for a long time now. Next day, Tsze-lu went on his way, and reported his adventure.

The Analects is the original “Confucius says: If for a full day you can overcome selfishness and keep to propriety, everyone in the world will return to humaneness.