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A deluxe paperback edition: Thomas Cleary's brilliant translation of the sayings of Confucius presented in the order of the 64 classic I Ching hexagrams.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 24th 1993 by HarperOne (first published June 1st 1992)
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Megan Anderson
A good comparison of the I Ching and Confucius's Analects. Having the quotes side-by-side with corrosponding passages of the I Ching makes it easy to read, and the introduction about the life and times of Confucius helps put everything in perspective.

4/5 on here, 8/10 for myself
This new presentation of the ever-popular sayings of Confucius brings the wisdom of a great teacher to another generation of readers. Cleary, a master translator of classic Chinese texts, provides the text with an insightful introduction & commentary. (From Yahoo)

Cleary presents the core teachings of the great Chinese philosopher, educator, and social critic in a convenient, easy-to-read format. Sayings from Confucius's AnalectsCleary presents the core teachings of the great Chinese philosop
Chimezie Ogbuji
This is Confucius (or at least Confusian) commentary of the symbols in the original Yi Ching (the oracular Book of Change). They order the book, but also serve as anchors for the confucian ethos. In this version, links between the themes in the commentary and sections in texts such as the Analects are given as well. The commentary describe the interplay of the natural forces that comprise the 'Gua' as an analogy on the structure of the symbol. In this way, the original authors are able to 'encod ...more
Nikki Madigan
I very much enjoyed this book. It was a good gateway into the teachings of Confucius' teachings and has sparked an interest in learning more. In addition, just the act of reading it is calming when I am frustrated.
Dec 16, 2007 Colin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: folks who like axioms, proverbs, laws-of-life, aphorisms, etc.
Confucius say... a lot worth considering, even in our times.
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i want everyone to read this.
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