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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But if your speech is insincere and dishonest and your way of carrying yourself is neither earnest nor reverent, then even if you live in your hometown, you will have problems. In regard to the use of his ears, he is anxious to hear distinctly.

And what can you get rid of? Those who learn, and so readily get possession of knowledge, are the next. How can a person conceal his character? In the fourteenth century, the Chinese government endorsed Zhu’s commentary, and until it was read confycius memorized along with the Analects by all Chinese aspiring to literacy and employment as government officials.

Sometimes it will be a source of joy, and sometimes it will be a source of apprehension. What is necessary, however, is to cause the people to have no litigations. The subjects confuciu which the Master seldom spoke were-profitableness, and also the appointments of Heaven, and perfect virtue. Of course it isn’t. Chapters 3—9 may be the oldest in the Analects. He does what is Right. The flesh of his family sacrifice he did not keep over three days.

He died at a young age, probably around thirty, a fact which Confucius lamented.

Does humaneness come from oneself, or from others? Of Nan Yung he said that if the country were well governed he would not be out of office, and if it were in governed, he would escape punishment and disgrace.


In the Analectslias a general category, is clearly defined in a relationship with renwhere ren is the inner, substantial goodness of the human being, and li is the functioning of ren in the manifest world.

A secondary theme is the virtue of filial piety. The nobility develop these concucius. He also introduced to him his two sons. He hates those who are convinced of their own perfection, and closed off to anything else. The Master responded to this, saying: When good government prevailed in his state, he was like an arrow.

The Analects Quotes

If you find him impracticable, stop. While he lived, he would be glorious. Retrieved from ” https: There is no way they can be climbed over.

Ren and li have a special relationship in the Analects: By his generosity, he won all.

The Lu version contained twenty chapters, and the Qi version contained twenty-two chapters, including two chapters not found in the Lu version. Confucous though he was arrested once, he had been innocent; therefore Confucius gave him his daughter in marriage. If you really hated the non- renyou would not let it near you.

The Analects of Confucius

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Though I don’t have ministers, you would make it appear that I have them? He will even sacrifice himself to consummate his humaneness. The stupidity of antiquity showed itself in straightforwardness; the stupidity of the present day shows itself in sheer deceit. If he had to pass by them, he would do it quickly.

He permeated himself with courtesy and correctly faced South. Fan Chi then said that he would like to learn about gardening. During the late Song dynasty — the importance of the Analects as a philosophy work was raised above that of the older Five Classics, and it was recognized as one of the ” Four Books “. If the whole realm falls into dire straits, the heavenly stipend will disappear forever. Its most basic meaning is to penetrate, permeate, pierce or pass through.


When T’ang was emperor, he selected I Yin, put him in charge and the evil again stayed far away. The political importance and popularity of Confucius and Confucianism grew throughout the Han dynasty, and by the Eastern Han the Analects was widely read by schoolchildren and anyone aspiring to literacy, and often read before the Five Classics themselves.

Chinese Wikisource has original text related to this article: If the state of Lu is really lacking Superior Men how could he have acquired such a character? The acquaintance might be long, but he showed the same respect as at first. At the services of the ancestral temple, and at the audiences of the princes with the sovereign, I should like, dressed in the dark square-made robe and the black linen cap, to act as a small assistant.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The most thorough and convincing explanation that I have found is that by Bruce Brooks which says: His learning is extensive, and yet he does not render his name famous by any particular thing.

Analects of Confucius

It must be someone who approaches his business with caution, who likes to plan things well and see them to their completion. I have no spare time to do this. Though a man go among rude, uncultivated tribes, confuvius qualities may not be neglected. He sacrificed to the dead, cobfucius if they were present. Accordingly, he gave him his own daughter to wife. If I associate not with these people,-with mankind,-with whom shall I associate?