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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.
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Booksales (first published June 1st 1992)
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Megan Anderson
Aug 30, 2015 Megan Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mqcarpenter
Mar 14, 2011 Mqcarpenter rated it liked it
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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
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Will Harrison
Jan 11, 2016 Will Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh so helpful!! Very easy yet profound read & just what I was looking for - a good introduction to Confucian philosophy :)
Chimezie Ogbuji
Jan 16, 2010 Chimezie Ogbuji rated it it was amazing
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
India
Apr 30, 2015 India rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, simple and Zen.
Nikki Madigan
Mar 26, 2013 Nikki Madigan rated it it was amazing
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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.
Colin
Dec 16, 2007 Colin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks who like axioms, proverbs, laws-of-life, aphorisms, etc.
Confucius say... a lot worth considering, even in our times.
Christina knox
Mar 13, 2008 Christina knox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i want everyone to read this.
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