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The Sayings Of Confucius

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The Analects, or Lun Yu, represents the primary surviving source for the teachings of Confucius, the most influential sage in history. The book's defining characteristic is its form--brief aphoristic fragments, each appearing with little supporting context. Many of the fragments are assumed to represent the Master's teachings, handed down accurately by his disciples. Other ...more
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Eric Kibler

You know in all those Charlie Chan movies, where Charlie Chan would say, "Confucius say..." and follow with something brilliant? Well, Confucius never said all that shit.

Basically, he said, "Love learning, mourn your parents for three years, know the Odes, appreciate music, observe the proper rituals, honor what has come before, observe propriety, love doing a good job over getting a good salary, and love virtue more than beauty."

I mean, that's it. I summarized it for you.
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 قول شدن رو داشته باشه. اون هم با دست كارى در جمله!
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 shame. If, however, you guide them with Virtue, and keep them in line by means of ritual, the people will have a sense of shame and will rectify themselves.

Give your parents no cause for anxiety other than
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 to Afghanistan it struck me that much of our formal education in my lifetime focused on European and Western philosophers and histories, only perpetuating the vicious cycle which the son of the famous Wo
David Sarkies
Feb 14, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political Theorists, Philosophers
Recommended to David by: Stewart
Shelves: philosophy
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 anything down (though this is not correct, as I further outline below). Further, like Jesus Christ and Socrates, the books are a record of his sayings (though, unlike Jesus Christ, he did not perform an
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 do no better than to follow that precept.

In some places, the orifices of a corpse were plugged up to prevent the soul escaping and doing harm to the community. In China, mortuary jades were used in the
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 various eras as a substitute for original thought, and generally manipulated out of context to subjugate a nation into obedience over and over again.

That’s probably why many Chinese intellectuals and progr
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. Just imagine, Confucius said this some 2,500 years ago! Of course, we still need to read him to learn more even in this 21st century and beyond.

I've just posted this quote in my Facebook so that my stud
Michael Connolly
When Confucius was asked what he thought about the idea of being kind to someone who does you wrong, he pointed out that this would be unfair to people who treat you right, who deserve to be treated better than people who do you wrong. Confucius was therefore an advocate of justice, was Aristotle. Jesus, on the other hand, said turn the other cheek and love your enemies, which is not justice. I also liked the suggestion of Confucius that one should not serve in government when evil people domina ...more
Robert Jacoby
Title: Excellent introduction to how language impacts individual thought, a culture, and a civilization

(Background: Over a couple of decades' time I planned to read the scriptures of the world's great religions/philosophies. I started with my own, reading the Bible in two different translations, first the Hebrew-Greek Word Study Bible by Spiros Zodhiates, and then the NIV. Next I turned to Islam and Al-Quaran. After that The Bhagavad Gita and the Analects of Confucius. Every reading is helping m
Confucius was, in his youthful studies, deeply influenced by the Tao Te Ching, and this is evident in the way he supposedly spoke - dialectically. The dialectics are almost always displaying the inverted contrasts of the wise man and the common man. Confucius disparages common people, saying, "They can be made to follow a path, but not to understand it." Confucius, however, did not condone the leading of people along any path, for he well knew that there is no path for people to follow by the Da ...more
Karl H.
Where to begin talking about Confucius? It is fascinating to read a philosophy that is so different than that of the Greeks. It is different, not only in form, but in its very essence than the early Western philosophy and culture that permeates American and European thought. When we talk about the “central value” of any philosophical system, we are necessarily engaging in a gross simplification. Plato valued truth, Socrates valued happiness, Jesus valued love, and Confucius values fidelity. But ...more
As with all books on philosophy, your mileage may vary. It didn't really resonate with me, but it was a relatively easy read, and Confucius himself stands out in it as a surprisingly interesting and relatable figure - a wise and greatly respected man, but one who suffered disappointments throughout his life, such as the loss of his favorite pupil, the failure of some of his other students to live up to his beliefs, and his disappointment in not achieving greater things. While his advice and visi ...more
If you're familiar with the book of Proverbs in the Christian Bible and the Socratic dialogues, the format of Confucius' sayings is a blend of the two. To understand the work in its entirety a reader would need LOTS of historical footnotes, as many Chinese historical figures are mentioned with the assumption that the reader will know who they are. But the real "meat" is in the sayings themselves, set apart from any historical narrative. There are so many great thoughts on leadership and good cha ...more
Akemi G
Just like the knowledge of The Bible is a prerequisite to understand the western culture, this has been a required reading for hundreds of years in Asia. I read the whole thing in Japanese translation (it's not so long) with the original ancient Chinese text and footnotes for it.

Confucius discusses how things SHOULD be. That's the very catch of his philosophy. Somehow, the man who knew so well and shouldn't have had any problem finding a position as political advisor never got that job anywhere
بالاخره ماراتون نفسگیر خواندن این کتاب تمام شد. باز هم این اخلاق قدیمی، که کتابی را که به دست میگیرم نمیتوانم تمام نشده کنار بگذارم یقهام را گرفت. کتابی بود به شدت کسل کننده. ...more
One of the Four Books and Five Classics, this book is pretty enlightening regarding Chinese culture and history. The actual content gets a bit repetitive, but that's to be expected of these type of classics. It's also not quite as thought provoking as the Tao Te Ching. Still, it's a solid book and really has a lot to say.

I tried grabbing quotes from it via my Kindle as I was reading, but the Project Gutenberg version I was reading didn't support it. It's probably for the best, though. I would ha
Jared Della Rocca
My father reads the Bible before breakfast each morning. He's been doing it for as many years as I can remember. A little bit each and every day, and when he gets to the end he starts again. Juxtapose that with trying to read the Bible like a book, a couple chapters each day.

I'm a read through a book in a few days type of guy. The Analects of Confucius is not made for me. It's absolutely jam packed with wisdom. But you can't swallow four chapters of wisdom in one sitting. You have to take a smal
"Суждения и беседы" Конфуция это одна из лучших книг, которые мне когда либо доводилось прочесть.

От той концентрации мудрости, которой она переполнена, я просто в восторге. В книге включены все принципы и основы уклада благополучной жизни людей с помощью которых все люди мира могут сосуществовать во благо друг друга и ни чем не обделяя брат брата.

Здесь собраны высочайшие стандарты морали и этики и примеры взаимодействия между людьми в тех или иных случаях человеческой жизни. А также, что немалов
A real classic. I keep it as a reference. As with the "Tao Te Ching" there is so much that is wrongly attributed to Confucius. This book is one I use regularly. It's well organized with a good index. Will share one of my favorite quotations: "The Master said:, In serving your father and mother you ought to dissuade them from doing wrong in the gentlest way. If you see your advice being, ignored, you should not become disobedient but remain reverent. You should not complain even if in so doing yo ...more
roundup from 3.5 stars, an interesting read though rather dense in places, especially when knowing nothing about ancient chinese history. keeping this for later when i read more in this area
Gregorio Pineda
My review is limited to books one and 2 of this work but what I did read had me feeling a bit short on character. At the same time I didn't whole heartedly agree with some of the filial concepts presented in book one I found most of them useful.
While most of the ideas presented didn't last longer than a few sentences they frequently reoccur in a way that you can build upon the teachings such as that with being filial.
It is interesting to read on the behavioral concepts such as Ren, Junzi, Dao a
Manuel Reyes-Leon
This book opens up many though and ideals one might have never expected to have has you realize how sinfully one is living life compared to Confucius. Well at least I felt like that on a couple of topics. This book is able to show how wise Confucius is by answering questions that his disciples have which are questions that are asked by everyone eventually in their life. Reading the Analects helps bring self reflection and insightful ways to life one's life. I felt like it was as if a person was ...more
Marco Sán Sán
Espero que alguien encuentre las preguntas aquí.

Este libro me hizo recordar un poema de Leonard Cohen, un poco jocoso:

"They locked up a man
Who wanted to rule the world
The fools
They locked up the wrong man”

Parece que occidente cogió ideas del chino equivocado.

La estructura del libro asemeja a los evangelios; mas allá de esta influencia a otro libro, las ideas que vierte Confucio y otros allegados, no parecen ides mas bien reglas para una mejor estadía en el mundo, y como toda regla se puede adopt
Joan Wedes
While many of the aphorisms in this work are really useful and applicable to life, I can never read Confucius without thinking about how his hierarchies, especially filial, were really damaging to many people. The male dominated way of thinking has caused women to be devalued so seriously, that daughters became liabilities at worst and commodities at best. Although China has done much to try and correct this, the cultural / psychological impact is still pretty severe.
I was also surprised how ma
I liked Slingerland's writing style in Effortless Action: Wu-Wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China -- I found it interesting and engaging. I got this book in the hope that the style would be similar. That was not the case.

While Slingerland seems to have a similar engaging tone in the commentary, the text itself is dry and didn't flow much at all. This is probably just the nature of the text, but it just didn't appeal to me, and the commentary just didn't make up for it.

Nicholas Piva
I have revered Confucius and his way of thought since I was a junior in high school. I used to read about him and his works, but ever since I have been exposed to other trains of thought (Western), my perspective has changed. Chinese philosophy has always been a topic of intrigue for me - their serene ways, meditation and their belief in simplicity. I also love the landscape, the grassy hills and mountains which are perfect for tranquility. But what bothers me about their stream of consciousness ...more
Quentin S.
This really wasn't what I was expecting. Unfortunately, I have no time to write a decent review of this at present, and I feel odd writing a 'review' of the Analects, anyway. Maybe this only highlights what an odd thing a review is in the best of circumstances.

Anyway, the introduction was informative, and the notes helpful. I find Confucius a peculiarly attractive figure. Considering the fact he has been almost deified, he comes across as endearingly bumbling and fallible, like a slightly-too-co
Although it is not a religious text, in many ways The Analects of Confucius have had a similar effect on the human race as the Bible, Koran, or other holy books. It became a guide for living a moral life, and defined a society for hundreds of years. Like many other ancient texts, it has become corrupted over the years by accidental or deliberate elisions and insertions. Add to that the difficulty of deciphering the actual meanings of many of the ancient characters, and the syntax of the writing, ...more
David Pearce
As many have highlighted, the text is very repetitive, to the extent that in this edition there are footnotes on almost every page referencing where a quote had already been said. To a certain extent I enjoyed the repetition of the writing. I got this impression as though it helped ingrain the simple nature in which Confucius lived his live and carried his believes. If you're willing to look past perhaps some uncomfortably outdated ideals, The Analects is a timeless necessity that should be read ...more
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  • The Inner Chapters
  • The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
  • Records of the Grand Historian: Qin Dynasty
  • Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy
  • A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy
  • The Rig Veda
  • The Consolation of Philosophy
  • The Enneads
  • The Debt of Tears (The Story of the Stone, #4)
  • A Treatise of Human Nature
  • Letters from a Stoic
  • The Guide for the Perplexed
  • On the Good Life
  • Theaetetus
  • De Anima (On the Soul)
  • Ethics
  • Principles of Human Knowledge & Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonius
Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life. Died 479 BC (aged 71–72).

孔子 - Kong Zi
孔夫子 - Kong Fuzi (Kung Fu-Tzu)
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