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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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anaect Tsze-lu asked whether he should immediately carry into practice what he heard. I don’t worry about being unknown; I seek to be known in the right way.

Wu Maqi told this to Confucius. Within a year the old grain is exhausted, and the new grain has sprung up, and, in procuring fire by friction, we go through all the changes of wood for that purpose. Tsze-yu asked what filial piety was. Am I devoid of talents and virtue? If clothes were not ceremonial, he would definitely adjust their length.

The fault is not mine; it belongs to you, O disciples. In his preface, Zhu Xi stated, “[T]he Analects and the Mencius are the most important works for students pursuing the Way [ Unfortunately, his appointed time was short and he died; and now there is not such another.


The Analects Quotes by Confucius

But is it not said that if you polish something hard, it will not wear thin? Sincerely hold fast the due Mean.

Normally Confucianism is understood as a tradition where one must remain engaged cconfucius society. That being established, all practical courses naturally grow up.

The virtuous rest in virtue; conufcius wise desire virtue. He made it a point to inform the new minister of the way in which he had conducted the government; what do you say of him? And in his employment of people, he tries to squeeze everything out of them that he can. When a tiger or rhinoceros escapes from his cage; when a tortoise or piece of jade is injured in its repository: I can find nothing like a flaw in Yu.

The Analects Quotes

His ordinary garments were poor, but he displayed the utmost elegance in his sacrificial cap and apron. Now I have not been able to treat him analecr a son, and it is the fault of you students. This is the competition of the noble man.

Even Yao and Shun were still solicitous about this. He should overflow in love to all, and cultivate the friendship of the good.


If you are familiar with them, they lose their humility. Those who do not enjoy offending superiors are never troublemakers. To find enjoyment in the discriminating study of ceremonies and music; to find enjoyment in speaking of the goodness of others; to find analext in having many worthy friends: Zuo Qiuming was ashamed of them. The Master was pleased. In ritual, it is better to be frugal than extravagant; in funerals deep sorrow is better than ease. The work is therefore titled Lunyu meaning “edited conversations” or “selected speeches” i.

He simply delights in everything I say. And in his employment of people, he gives them work according to their ability.

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Secondly, on imitation; that is the easiest. Lin Pang, — see chap. They may speak when it does not come to them to speak;-this is called rashness.