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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It always raises up the Good. In China, the traditional titles given to each chapter are mostly an initial two or three incipits. He who hated what is not virtuous, would practice virtue in such a way that he would not allow anything that is not virtuous to approach his person. Tsze-chang asked about government.

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A Reference Guide, Part One. This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat He laughs when he is happy, and people never tire of his laughter. Yet perhaps they may make the next class. Legge’s note to this passage says with conversion to Pinyin: He held his breath as if he could not breathe. When the Master saw a person in a mourning dress, or any one with the cap and upper and lower garments of full dress, or a blind person, on observing them approaching, though they were younger than himself, he would rise up, and if he had to pass by them, he would do so hastily.

When he sees an opportunity for gain, he thinks of what would be Just. If they pursue me further, I shall have to go live on the banks of the Wen River.

How can he do wrong? The Chinese as well as Koreans and Japanese fastened their garments on the right side. It must be someone who approaches his business with caution, who likes to plan things well and see them to their completion. Desiring to keep his own purity, he disrupts the great bonds of society. He was so sublime that even though there is nothing as great as Heaven, he could accord with it.


Now You and Qiu, serving as advisors to your lord, have distant subjects who will not submit, and you are unable to attract them; the country is falling apart, and you can do nothing to preserve it. Place value on the common people, food, mourning for the dead, and ritual sacrifice. I have only heard these two things. I see it in front, and suddenly it is behind me. In three years, the government would be perfected.

When the Way prevails in the realm, the common people do not debate politics among themselves.

Its most basic meaning is to penetrate, permeate, pierce or pass through. If the people are in want, how can the prince be satisfied? As to those who are dull and stupid and yet do not learn;-they are the lowest of the people. But there is also no indication that he is speaking to confufius king here, nor does the word wang appear in the sentence.

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Confucian texts and Chinese Classics. Others analecy equal his wisdom, but they cannot equal his stupidity. Therefore, the noble man does not do this. When there was a sacrifice for the ruler, he would not keep the meat overnight.

How complete and elegant are its regulations! There is no obvious organization cofucius the “books”. Wu Taibo was the legendary founder of the state of Wu. Shall I take up charioteering? Applied near at hand, you can serve your father; applied at a distance, you can serve your ruler. In Confucian philosophy these “five relationships” include: Confucius emphasized the need to find balance between formal study and intuitive self-reflection Analects 2.


If his words be not sincere and truthful and his actions not honorable and carefull will he, with such conduct, be appreciated, even in his neighborhood?

With a black robe he wore a black sheepskin mantle: James Legge was a notable Scottish missionary and sinologist who confuciuw several Chinese classics. But if your speech is insincere and confuciys and your way of carrying yourself is neither earnest nor reverent, then even if you live in your hometown, you will have problems. The inferior man falls apart. How magnificent is the Son of Heaven! I have not yet met someone who loves virtue as much as he loves sex!

A noble man never leaves his fundamental goodness for even the time of a single meal. A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve. In his behavior and deportment he avoids brashness and arrogance.

His personal interpretation of the Lunyu was guided by his belief that Daoism and Cofucius complemented each other, so that by studying both in a correct manner a scholar could arrive at a single, unified truth. If they are to fall to the ground, it is so ordered. Also, in the case of a ruler: A high official of the Song, who was trying to assassinate Confucius.

The songs of Chang are licentious; specious talkers are dangerous. Concealing one’s resentments and acting friendly to people: Who, but a sage, confuciys both take the initiative and bring matters to their completion? I am not at this level.