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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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He hates those who are convinced of their own perfection, and closed off to anything else. He inclined himself to the other officers among whom he stood, moving his left or right arm, as their position required, but keeping the skirts of his robe before and behind evenly adjusted.

This is the Way of the ancients. The inferior man follows the crowd, but is not in harmony.

I am not knowing. Thrice he retired from office, and manifested no displeasure. Once they lose this, they rely on luck to avoid trouble.

He should overflow in love to all, and cultivate the friendship of the good. The student, having completed his learning, should apply himself to be an officer.

Encountering someone in mourning, he would lower his head in the carriage, and would do the same for someone carrying census boards. If the men in charge love fairness, then the people can’t stand not to follow them.

But when the Confuius does not prevail in your own state, to be rich and honored is a disgrace. Po-niu being ill, the Master went to ask for him.


The Analects

Abalect Analects was considered secondary as it was thought to be merely a collection of Confucius’s oral “commentary” zhuan on the Five Classics. He enters the Grand Temple and asks about everything! The Way prized by the noble man has three aspects: The Analects Quotes Showing of Though I don’t have ministers, you would make it appear that I have them?

How can you do such a thing? Was not the observation of the chief only what might have been expected? It is your responsibility to check the applicable copyright laws in your country before downloading this work. Aanalect simile for the process of self-perfection is found often in Confucian texts. I know not whether he be truly virtuous, but why should he show readiness of the tongue? Chung-ni is the sun or moon, which it is not possible to step over.

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. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it. Friendship with the deceptive, friendship with the unprincipled, and friendship with smooth talkers are harmful.

The Internet Classics Archive | The Analects by Confucius

I have heard about the Odes. The stupidity of antiquity showed itself in straightforwardness; the stupidity of the present day shows itself in sheer deceit. Once inside the carriage, he didn’t look about, talk rapidly or point around with his hands. Shall I be like a gourd that can be hung, but never eaten?


To Confucius, the cultivation of ren involved depreciating oneself through modesty while avoiding artful speech and ingratiating manners that would create a false impression of one’s own character Analects 1. He hates those who are forward and determined, and, at the same time, of contracted understanding.

The Analects Quotes

Where could our Master go that he should not have an opportunity concucius learning them? How majestic was he! But numerous Confucian passages such as this which suggest of the ruler’s governance by a mere attunement with an inner principle of goodness, without unnecessary cobfucius action, quite like the Daoist wu-wei are far more numerous than has been noted. But there never has been a mean man, and, at the same time, virtuous.

I observe broadly and contemplate. If a man be pleased with these words, but does not unfold ana,ect aim, and assents to those, but does not reform his conduct, I can really do nothing with him. Or if we may get so established along with them, we shall find them unable to weigh occurring events along with us. Yan Hui was a common name of Zi Yuan, the favorite disciple of Confucius.