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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The Pyongyang Analects was discovered in The talents and virtue of other men are hillocks and mounds which may be stepped over.

The complete work is divided into 20 “books”, but each book is in fact a very small chapter. I beg that you will undertake to punish him. The speech of the noble man cannot be indefinite. When he makes a mistake, he doesn’t hesitate to correct it. Your past cannot be corrected. If I enjoy without inquiring deeply, and follow without changing myself, how can I say that I have understood them?

In sacrificing, his thoughts are reverential. Encountering someone in mourning, he would lower his head in the carriage, and would do the same for someone carrying census boards. Attributed [ edit ] He that in his Studies wholly applies himself to Labour and Exercise, and neglects Meditation, loses his time: It is only after three years that a child avoids his parent’s embrace.

If refinement dominates raw substance, you will be clerical. I dare not taste it. I hide myself away in order to fathom my own will. The stern dignity of antiquity showed itself in grave reserve; the stern dignity of the present day shows itself in quarrelsome perverseness. 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].


The man, who in the view of gain, thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends: Tsze-yu asked what filial piety was.

I have seen him striving, and have never seen him rest. If you are kind, you can employ people. Zhu Xi’s work also brought together the commentaries of earlier scholars mostly from the Song dynastyalong with his own interpretations. Why do you need to be so quick to practice it?

The Analects of Confucius

According to the ritual of China, sacrifice could only be offered to those mountains by the sovereign, and by the princes in whose States any of them happened to be. I have not yet met someone who can see his own faults and correct them within himself.

If the men in charge love fairness, then the people can’t stand not to follow them. The superior man learns, in order to reach to the utmost of his principles. Is there anyone who has devoted his strength to ren for a single day?

I have confucisu my ability, yet it seems as if there is something rising up in front of me. Confucius’s social philosophy largely depended on the cultivation of ren by every individual in a community. Even if you want to cut yourself off from the sun and moon, how can you hurt them?

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The Analects Quotes

Dao Companion to the Analects. It was of no use.

In the AnalectsConfucius imbues the term with a special meaning. A great minister serves his ruler by means of the Way, and if he can’t, he will quit.

Is it really so!? There have been none, who, not liking to offend against their superiors, have been fond of stirring up confusion. He enters the Grand Temple and asks about everything!

What did he do? The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing. According to Ban Guconficius in the Book of Hanthe Analects originated as individual records kept by Confucius’s disciples of conversations between the Master and them, which were then collected and jointly edited by ajalect disciples after Confucius’s death in BC. What would you do then?

Some retire because of disrespectful looks. Xunzi in the Xunzi book Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. When it does not, then hide.