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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Unfortunately his appointed time was short, and he died. Please see discussion of da in reference to I have only heard these two things. The kingdom has long been without the principles of truth and right; Heaven is going to use your master as a bell with its wooden tongue. Next day, Tsze-lu went on his way, and reported his adventure. If he had to pass by them, he would do it quickly.

I hate those who are only not modest, and think that they are valorous. They are known as the ” Dingzhou Analects “, and the ” Pyongyang Analects “, after the location of the tombs in which they were found. If the men in charge love trust, then the people cannot stand not to respond with their emotions.

With the other half I help you to preserve it.

I dare not taste it. The other disciples began not to respect Tszelu. To require from them, suddenly, the full tale of work, without having given them warning;-this is called oppression.

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Now we can really begin to discuss the Book of Odes. But if your own life isn’t straightened out, even if you give orders, no one will follow them. Confuciux fault is not mine; it belongs to you, O disciples. If you select the matters where it is appropriate to work and have people work hard at them, who will be resentful? The Viscount of Wei withdrew from the court. If you can follow these, you can handle the affairs of government.


There are some with whom we can establish ourselves, but with whom we cannot agree with on future planning. Although he was surrounded by close relatives, they were not treated on a par equal with the Good.

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If everybody loves something, you’d better check into it. 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. If you are honest, people will rely on you. Can men refuse to confucus pleased with words of gentle advice? I hate those who with analeect sharp mouths overthrow kingdoms and families.

He brings it forth in humility. How can Chung-ni be said to be superior to you?

And yet what necessity was there for his having a regular master? It would be better than nothing. Perhaps we may go on with them to principles, but we shall find them unable to get established in those along with us.

The virtuous rest in virtue; the wise desire virtue. This chapter has traditionally been attributed to aanalect disciples of Yuan Xianalso called both Yuan Si and Zisi, a student of Confucius.

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How is it that men analevt not walk according to these ways? When he came out from the audience, as soon as he had descended one step, he began to relax his countenance, and had a satisfied look.


If you look for small advantages, you will never accomplish anything great. I told him one point, and he knew its proper sequence.

The Analects of Confucius

He hates those who are forward and determined, and, at the same time, of contracted understanding. Analet love the ancient teachings and have worked hard to attain to their level. When these things proceed from the princes, as a rule, the cases will be few in which they do not lose their power in ten generations. Examine that in which he rests. Straightforwardness without propriety is rudeness. However, in this case, Confucius’ attitude is reminiscent of that of Zhuangzi, who always recommended that intelligent people not accept analedt norms of a decadent world, and retire in solitude instead.

In regard to his doing of business, he is anxious that it should be reverently careful.

This is probably a reference to Yanhui, Confucius’ favorite among his disciples, who died young. Some retire because of contradictory language. Chung-kung asked about Tsze-sang Po-tsze.

Those who learn, and so readily get possession of knowledge, are the next. He Yan’s commentary was eventually displaced as the definitive, standard commentary by Zhu Xi’s analrct.