The Analects by Confucius, part of the Internet Classics Archive. quotes from The Analects: ‘The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.’. 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.

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Confucius’s discussions on the nature of the supernatural Analects 3. I hate those who make known secrets, and think that they are straightforward. If they cannot be avoided in the proper way, they should not be avoided. I don’t know if Yong is a ren man, but why should he have to be a clever speaker?

If you are courteous, you will not be disrespected; if you are generous, you will gain everything. In times of difficulty or confusion he acts according to it. I regard goodness as something I haven’t attained.

Scholars do not agree about whether either the Dingzhou Analects or the Pyongyang Confuccius represent the Lu version, the Qi version, the old text version, or a different version that was independent of these three traditions.

Analects – Wikipedia

Lu, by one change, would come to a State where true principles predominated. He was fired three times, but never showed any sign of disappointment. The inferior man penetrates that which is below.

When he sees an opportunity for gain, he thinks of what would be Just.

Yet the four seasons continue to change, and all things are born. The result is a map of Confucian thought that brings us as close as possible to experiencing Confucius as his followers might have 2, years ago.


How vast was his virtue! When the sovereign died, the officers all attended to their several duties, taking instructions from the prime minister for three years. It is difficult along with him to practice virtue. If he cannot rectify himself, what has he to do with rectifying others? But he is not seeking to develop himself. He should overflow in love to all, and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he was carrying the scepter of his ruler, he seemed to bend his body, as if he were not able to bear its weight.

If, when their elders have any troublesome affairs, the young take the toil of them, and if, when the young have wine and food, they set them before their elders, is THIS to be considered filial piety? The mean man is partisan and not catholic. Without some great cause, he does not dismiss from their offices the members of old families. Was not the observation of the chief only what might have been expected? When one gives few occasions for blame in his words, and few occasions for repentance in his conduct, he is in the way to get emolument.

Zizhang Zhuansun Shi was a student of Confucius. Want of forbearance in small matters confounds great plans.

If the relations between old and young may not be neglected, how is it that he sets aside the duties that should be observed between sovereign and minister?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If a man can for one day subdue himself and return to propriety, an under heaven will ascribe perfect virtue to him.


If I enjoy without inquiring deeply, and follow without changing myself, how can I say that I have understood them?

The Analects

Might he be called humane? Some one asked the meaning of the great sacrifice. A Philosophical Translation p.

If I am unworthy, shall people cast me aside? The man who has not studied the Chau-nan and the Shao-nan is like one who stands with his face right against a wall. I would much rather die in the hands of my disciples ahalect in the hands of ministers.

He sacrificed to the dead, as if analfct were present. If he is not learned, then he will not be on firm ground. Throughout the AnalectsConfucius’s students frequently request that Confucius define ren and give examples of people who embody it, but Confucius generally responds indirectly to his students’ questions, instead offering illustrations and examples of behaviours anzlect are associated with ren and explaining how a person could achieve it. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it.

The chief of the Mang family having appointed Yang Fu to be chief criminal judge, the latter consulted the philosopher Tsang. The wise are busy, the humane are tranquil. My young disciples are wild 10 and unbridled.

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