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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This text was recognized by Zhang Yu’s contemporaries and by subsequent Han scholars as superior to either individual version, and is the text that is recognized as the Analects today. The superior man honors the talented confucisu virtuous, and bears with all. Moreover, it is located within our own country, and has served as the site of our national altars to the soil and grain; why should it be attacked?

Even if you have used devious means to please him, he will still be happy. His burden is heavy and his course is long. This chapter explores the theme of renanalecct qualities, and the qualities of those snalect have it. If for a full day you can overcome selfishness and keep to propriety, everyone in the world will return to humaneness.

Examine that in which he rests. When the prince sent him a gift of a living animal, he would keep it alive. Or is he only superficially impressive? Promote the able and teach the incompetent, and they will work positively for you.

The Analects

What you don’t like done to yourself, don’t do to others. Friendship with the deceptive, friendship with the unprincipled, and friendship with smooth talkers are harmful. When he was passing the vacant place of the prince, his countenance appeared to change, and his legs to bend under him, and his words came as if he hardly had breath to utter them.

By the time they got to Chen, they had run out of provisions, and Zi Lu was obviously angry about it. I can’t use him. Will the people let you ignore the ones you don’t know of? If you are persistent you will get results. Is there anyone who has devoted his strength to ren for a single day? The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art. With a black robe he wore a black sheepskin mantle: Zi Zhang asked what they were. It is not clear why Confucius is quoted as having said this here, but perhaps he would like to imply that even an animal has this kind of inner fortitude and dedication, so how much more in the case of human beings?


His primary goal in educating his students was to produce ethically well-cultivated men who would carry themselves with gravity, speak correctly, and demonstrate consummate integrity in all things.

How is it possible for him to be attained to? When he saw any one in a mourning dress, though it might be an acquaintance, he would change countenance; when he saw any one wearing the cap of full dress, or a blind person, though he might be in his undress, he would salute him in a ceremonious manner.

Analects of Confucius 論語

The Duke Ai asked Tsai Wo about the altars of the spirits of the land. When someone is good and honest, everyone knows it. Why be so strict? Guan also turned his cups over on the table. When Qiu Zanyou asked you, you told him to practice it immediately. From of old, death has been the lot of an men; but if the people have no faith in their rulers, there is no standing for the state.

Even Yao and Shun were still solicitous about this. He pointed to the palm of his hand.

In the AnalectsConfucius imbues the term with a special meaning. As for sacrificial meats in general, he would not keep them more than three days, and if they were more than three days old, he would not eat them. I will treat him in a manner between that accorded to the chief of the Chil and that given to the chief of the Mang family.

For when the people keep their several places, there will be no poverty; when harmony prevails, there will be no scarcity of people; and when there is such a contented repose, there will be no rebellious upsettings. He Yan’s commentary was eventually displaced as the definitive, standard commentary by Zhu Xi’s commentary.


Have no friends not equal to yourself. If one do not find the door and enter by it, he cannot see the ancestral temple with its beauties, nor all the officers in their rich array. Chung-ni is the sun or moon, which it is not possible to step over. Is he not so?

The man, who in the view of gain, thinks of righteousness; anaelct in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends: Confucius believed that, because the ruler was the model for all who were under him in society, the rectification of names had to begin with the ruler, and that afterwards others would change to imitate him Analects There is the love of straightforwardness without the love of learning;-the beclouding here leads to rudeness.

I would much rather die in the hands of my disciples og in the hands of ministers. Ji Huan ruler of Lu received them, and for three days did not hold court. The Master said of Ching, a scion of the ducal family of Wei, that he knew the economy of a family well.

For Confucius, a good student respects and learns from the words and deeds of his teacher, and confuicus good teacher is someone older who is familiar with the ways of the past and the practices of antiquity Analects 7.