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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But as in the case of plants, which are assorted according to their classes, so he deals with his disciples.

Weizi was the older half-brother of Zhouthe last king of the Shang dynastyand was founder of the state of Song. Your past cannot be corrected. The Chau dynasty has followed the regulations of Yin: I regard goodness as something I haven’t attained. If you continue to death, is it not long? The Master being very sick, Tsze-lu asked leave to pray for him. The superior man learns, in order to reach to the utmost of his principles. The princes of States on any friendly meeting between two conficius them, had a stand on which to place their inverted cups.

Want of forbearance in small matters confounds great plans. When the hair is taken off the hide of a tiger or leopard, it looks the same as the hide of a dog or sheep. If there had been government business, though I am not now in office, I should have been consulted about it. When speaking to the junior grandmasters in court, he was candid and analecy ease; when speaking to the senior grandmasters, he was straightforward but formal.

If og love trustworthiness, but don’t like to study, then your trust will be distorted into harm. The Master responded to this, saying: What would you do then?

Ran You and Zi Gong were affable. 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. He made it a point to inform the new minister of the way in which he had conducted the government; what do you say of him? In my heart I compare myself to old Peng.


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 that are associated with ren and explaining how a person could achieve it.

Isn’t the one who does not learn the Zhou Nan and Shao Nan chapters just like someone who stands directly facing a wall? I can’t use him. I conceal nothing from you. Will be in cofucius. Admirable indeed was the virtue of Hui!

Or if we may get so established along with them, we shall find them unable to weigh occurring events along with us. But I would wait till I got a good price.

The Analects

The Master said, To tell, as we go along, what we have heard on the way, is to cast away our virtue. He argued that the demands of ren and li meant that rulers could oppress their subjects only at their own peril: Also used analcet an offering to gods.

Confucius’s social philosophy largely depended on the cultivation of ren by every individual in a community. He has broadened me with literature, disciplined me with propriety.

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If you understand flexibility and use it, but don’t structure yourself with propriety, things won’t go well. It would be better than nothing. Religion Nonfiction Classics Philosophy Category: Now we can really begin to discuss the Book of Odes. No matter what kind of simple fare it might be, such as coarse rice or broth, he would always make an offering, doing so with due solemnity. When a man is about to die, his words are excellent.

Isn’t this a bit of an exaggeration? When bad government prevails, he can roll his principles up, and keep them in his breast. See, for example, Analects 4: The nobility develop these later. To discuss with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. During the reign of Han Wudi —87 BCwhen the Chinese government began promoting Confucian studies, only the Five Classics were considered by the government to be canonical jing.


I am not knowing. The Dingzhou Analects was damaged in a fire shortly after it was entombed in the Han dynasty. But if your speech is insincere and dishonest and your way of carrying yourself is neither earnest nor reverent, then even if you live in your hometown, you will have problems.

When fasting, he thought it necessary to have his clothes brightly clean and made of linen cloth. He did not hold it higher than the position of the hands in making a bow, nor lower than their position in giving anything to another.

To any person in mourning he bowed forward to the crossbar of his carriage; he bowed in the same way to any one bearing the tables of population. Confucius sat down with him and asked him, saying: I am bothered when I do not know others. When he was at an entertainment where there was an abundance of provisions set before him, he would change countenance and rise up. Friendship with the honest, friendship with the sincere, and friendship with the learned are all beneficial.

I have heard that the heads of states or noble families do not worry over poverty but instead over equal distribution of wealth; they do not fret over underpopulation, but confucis the people are insecure. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?