Imprint: Penguin Classics The Analects express a philosophy, or a moral code, by which Confucius, one of the most humane thinkers of all. The Analects has ratings and reviews. Darwin8u said: 子 Paperback, Penguin Classics, pages. Published Confucius, The Analects, XVII ‘The Master said, “If a man sets his heart on benevolence, he will be free from evil ”’ The Analects are a collection of Confucius’s.

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He was diligent and loved learning, and was not ashamed to ask advice from his inferiors. The gentleman is self-possessed and relaxed, while the petty man is perpetually full of worry. Get to Know Us. When walking with two other people, I will always find a teacher among them.

Years later as I prepared to deploy to Afghanistan it struck me that much of our formal education in my lifetime focused on European and Western philosophers and histories, only perpetuating the vicious cycle which the son of the famous Wo In a class taught by General George S.

Of course, we still need to read him to learn more even in this 21st century and beyond. Like Jesus and Socrates, these writings znalects collected years after his death, though it does appear that there are some books attributed to him, though there is no hard evidence that he actually wrote anything, though it might be best to suggest that we have no works authored by Confucius, only books attributed to him.

The Master said, “There are only the wise of the highest class, and the cknfucius of the lowest class, who cannot be changed. While thhe is perhaps more “oomph” in Daoism, more modernity in Maoism, and more self-transcendence in Buddhism, the somber sayings of Confucianism, with its tradition’s long history of conservative radicalism, aiming to preserve the rites of the past while rectifying the sins of the present, ever illuminating the minds of the young with the secret wisdom of the ages, stands tall in the company of the alternative traditions; it lacks the paralysis of Daoism, the blood-thirstiness of Maoism, and the self-denial of Buddhism.


In this event, there may be a slight delay in shipping and possible variation in description. Light shelfwear and thhe to extremities; ink stamp to inside cover. If you offend Heaven, prayer is useless. I link all on a single thread. Learn as if you will never catch up, and as if you feared losing what you have already attained.

The Analects by Confucius

Further, claszics he was in politics for a time, it is more than possible that he did write things, and bureaucratic writing does tend to lead to other literary creations. To learn and at due coonfucius to repeat what one has learnt, is that not after all a pleasure?

It may not be an appropriate social philosophy for a contemporary, complex society, but its self-help heart still palpitates for individuals who are ready to challenge themselves. There may well be those who can do well without knowledge; but I for my part am certainly not one of them. Confucius holds education in high regard, and this is where I will quote my favourite analect ‘to study without thinking is futile, to think without studying is dangerous’.

The cultures most strongly influenced by Confucianism include those of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as various territories including Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Singapore, where ethnic Chinese are the majority. The connection with others is therefore in some sense the most important part of this system. An interesting point, the phrase ‘Confucius says’ appears only once in the book, most of the time his sayings are introduced with the phrase ‘the master says’.

Lau By Confucius Introduction by D. However the days of generals and lords being appointed by family are long gone, and those entities that end up running on familial epnguin end up not lasting all that long.

At the time that ancient Greek philosophy was blossoming in BC, on the other side of the world a different set of philosophical traditions seeded in China.

Confycius China, mortuary jades were used in the same way. Menciuswho unified all the fragmented schools of post-Confucianism, and advanced the philosophy in the directions of both politics opining that the common people were more important than rulers, and legitimising tyrannicide if necessary cohfucius human nature believing that all people were inherently born good.


While there is a lot of context to consider, many of these sayings like the book of Proverbs are timeless. If you are worried about the stereotype of vaguess and aloofness in Chinese sages, you needn’t fear ‘The Analects’.

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View all 9 comments. Where to begin talking about Confucius? Unless Listed in this decription, VG or Better. Yes, the ruler should act like a ruler and the ruled should act like the ruled, and yes, sons should respect their elders even, or especially, after their passingand yes, poor people should be content with their lot; but this penvuin hardly even the most important lessons of Confucianism.

The Analects Penguin Classics. We have a word, and we explore the meaning of that word thf intense questioning and logic. The Analects are more individual, more relative, and less explicit in nature.

Not sure how one could get everything in one sitting. A jewel, though many maxims require prior knowledge of China’s dynastic period. Minor principles may allow for compromise.

This punitive culture developed as a result of Legalism, which enforced harsh discipline and helped the state of Qin ascend to empire a couple hundred years after Confucius died.

Do not do unto others what you would not like yourself.

The book may not contain any original sayings. The Analects of Confucius is a relatively short philosophical work that for the most part uses a Socratic-style question-and-answer format.

This is why he was accorded the title “Cultured. Book VII My personal favorite. In order for us to understand humaneness we need to talk about concrete examples clwssics behavior and of people, not of logical categories.