The Analects by Confucius

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Read The Analects Online Free - This lively new translation with clear explanatory notes by one of the foremost scholars of classical Chinese provides the ideal introduction to the Analects for readers who have no previous knowledge of the Chinese language and philosophical traditions.

"How dare I claim to be a sage or a benevolent man?"

By constructing the philosophy expressed through The Analects, Confucius might well dare to make such a claim. The Analects are a collection of Confucius' sayings, compiled by his pupils shortly after his death in 497 B.C., and they reflect the extent to which Confucius held up a moral ideal for all men. The aim is the perfection of one's moral character, the method one of arduous pursuit of such moral attributes as benevolence, wisdom, courage; the result is no recompense either in this life or the next – to follow the Way must be its own reward. A harsh philosophy perhaps, but shining through it is the splendid intellect and spirit of one of the most reasonable and humane thinkers of all time.



Title : The Analects
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ISBN : 0140443487
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 pages


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Darwin8u rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2017

子曰:「唯上知與下愚不移。」 The Master said, 'It is only the most intelligent and the most stupid who are not susceptible to change." - Confucius, The Analects, XVII.3 I rarely re-read books. An exception to this rule are ethical or religious texts. I love Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and will read this in dr...


Lawrence rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2012

In a class taught by General George S. Patton, IV at the George Washington University in the early 80's, reflecting on his experience in Vietnam, he summarized the failure of US policy in SE Asia as a failure to understand the history and culture of the region. Years later as I prepared to deploy...


Foad rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 30, 2017

تا حالا زياد جملات زيبا و بى نظيرى از كنفوسيوس شنيديم. با كمال تأثر و تأسف، بايد اعلام كنم كه همه شون جعلى هستن، يكى از موارد تب جملات جعلى به بزرگان نسبت دادن. جملات خود كنفوسيوس، بسيار خسته كننده و عارى از هر گونه زيبايى و نكته ى اخلاقى خاص هستن. به زحمت مى تونيد دو سه جمله پيدا كنيد كه ارزش نقل...


Stevie rated it ★★★★☆

December 17, 2008

Confucius has a lot of wisdom. Anyone who is serious about living life well would do well to read the Analects. Poignant Quotes: If you try to guide the common people with coercive regulations and keep them in line with punishments, the common people will become evasive and will have no sense of sh...


Letitia rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2016

It’s depressing to think that the teachings of Confucius constituted a religion in most of East Asia – i.e. they were wise sayings and stories of a great man from a certain time, that have been selectively reinterpreted by kings and heads of state, force-fed to generations of schoolchildren in va...


Marius rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 25, 2017

O ediție în bătaie de joc. Păcat de copacii care au trebuit tăiați pentru a se face hârtia care a fost mânjită cu porcăria asta. E învățătură de minte să nu mai arunc banii pe cărți ale unor edituri obscure în care patronul e și traducător, editor, tehnoredactor, contabil iar nevastă-sa se îngrije...


David rated it ★★★★☆

August 08, 2017

The political sayings of a Chinese master 22 June 2011 While I have credited the writing of this work to Confucius, it was not actually written by him but rather by his disciples. Thus Confucius joins Socrates and Jesus Christ of having an enormous influence upon the world without actually writing...


Justin rated it ★★★★★

January 23, 2016

You can't review the Analects. But you can review editions of the Analects, and this one, translated and commented upon by Annping Chin, is one of the great editions of any philosophy book I've ever come across. The translation clear without being condescending, and Chin includes the Chinese text...


umberto rated it ★★★☆☆

September 19, 2010

From my 5-day study tour in South Korea (August 5-9), I read a bit about Korean history in English, according to Prof. Han Young Woo (2010: 7), Confucius said, "Learning is a joy of life." This is an interestingly philosophical, psychological and educational quote as well as a groundbreaking one....


Jimmy rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2015

One of the great classics of world literature. Worth reading for the parts that still apply. Confucius describes himself as a transmitter, not an originator. The book may not contain any original sayings. Its main philosophical idea is to avoid extremes. That's also an ancient Greek idea. One can...





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