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The Essential Confucius

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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
Dec 14, 2009 Megan Anderson rated it really liked it
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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
Mar 14, 2011 Mqcarpenter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 28, 2016 Tally rated it liked it
I've tried reading "The Analects," without a shred of success a couple of different ways. Then again, they weren't compiled by Thomas Cleary.

"The Essential Confucius" is a bit strange to look through at first, but you get the hang of it and can get something out of it. The arrangement of text, with descriptions in back regarding the players for each portion is far preferable to other versions of Confucian compilations I'd tried to get through, barely getting past page 18. It's a thin work, but t
Chimezie Ogbuji
Jan 16, 2010 Chimezie Ogbuji rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2013 Nikki Madigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jay Wright
Jul 08, 2016 Jay Wright rated it really liked it
I found this work very interesting. I like the view that man is essentially good and that evil is an aberration. This is a short work that took him a long time to write. The views although more than 2500 years old were refreshing. It is a short book and my only complaint is I wanted more.
Dec 16, 2007 Colin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: folks who like axioms, proverbs, laws-of-life, aphorisms, etc.
Confucius say... a lot worth considering, even in our times.
Will Harrison
Jan 11, 2016 Will Harrison rated it it was amazing
Ahhh so helpful!! Very easy yet profound read & just what I was looking for - a good introduction to Confucian philosophy :)
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i want everyone to read this.
Apr 30, 2015 India rated it liked it
Short, simple and Zen.
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