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The Analects

The Analects

by Confucius, Raymond Dawson
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In this terse, brilliant translation, Simon Leys restores the human dimension to Confucius. He emerges a full-blooded character with a passion for politics and a devotion to the ideals of a civilization he saw in decline. Leys's Notes draw Confucius into conversation with the great thinkers of the Western tradition. In all, this volume provides new readers the perfect introduction to a classic work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199540617
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 226,135
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Confucius [551-479 BC], though of noble descent, was born in humble circumstances. He believed that politics is only an extension of morals, and spent ten years travelling through the various states of China spreading his ideas. When he realised that there was no way of converting the feudal rulers to his way of thinking he returned to Lu and spent the rest of his life there teaching his pupils. D.C Lau has held a number of professorships in the field of Chinese language and literature.

Arthur Waley (1889-1966) is highly regarded for his many translations of Chinese and Japanese literature.

Sarah Allan teaches classical Chinese and Chinese philosophy at Dartmouth College.

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from Book IV

1 The Master said, It is Goodness that gives to a neighborhood its beauty. One who is free to choose, yet does not prefer to dwell among the Good–how can he be accorded the name of wise?

2 The Master said, Without Goodness a man
Cannot for long endure adversity,
Cannot for long enjoy prosperity.
The Good Man rests content with Goodness; he that is merely wise pursues Goodness in the belief that it pays to do so.

3,4 Of the adage “Only a Good Man knows how to like people, knows how to dislike them,” the Master said, He whose heart is in the smallest degree set upon Goodness will dislike no one.

5 Wealth and rank are what every man desires; but if they can only be retained to the detriment of the Way he professes, he must relinquish them. Poverty and obscurity are what every man detests; but if they can only be avoided to the detriment of the Way he professes, he must accept them. The gentleman who ever parts company with Goodness does not fulfill that name. Never for a moment does a gentleman quit the way of Goodness. He is never so harried but that he cleaves to this; never so tottering but that he cleaves to this.

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“For more than two millennia, the teachings of Confucius have served as a guide for a substantial portion of humanity. English-language readers seeking to understand this remarkable body of thought are fortunate to have Annping Chin’s highly readable and judiciously annotated edition of The Analects.” —Henry A. Kissinger

“An astonishingly lucid exposition of The Analects. A kind of serene insight pervades the commentaries.” —Harold Bloom

“An incomparable new volume that combines a fresh and sympathetic translation with a wonderfully readable annotation. It is a joy to use and will unlock a whole new level of meaning for English-language readers.” —Orville Schell, Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations and co-author of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore. I read this book The Analects for my English research project. I found this book to be very intriguing  because I am personally very interested in learning about new cultures as well as lifestyles. In The Analects it explains the different terms  and quotes very well. The book is fairly easy to read not only because there is no true story line but because it is made up of quotes and  anecdotes either told by Confucius or his disciples. If you are uncertain about a word, term, or even phrase there is a very helpful glossary  that I greatly enjoyed. The only problem that I found upon reading this book was that there was very little biographical information which  was very disappointing especially when your entire project is on Confucius. While I read this book I couldn’t stop highlighting things because lots of the anecdotes and quotes are very enlightening. I definitely recommend you read this book if you have interests in philosophy and different cultures. Some quotes and anecdotes are straight forward and other require a bit more analyizing. The qoutes can be about anything from a child and their parent to a husband and his wife. There is many ways to interpret the anecdotes and it is truly up to you and how you feel. So, I guess you will have to read and interpret them however you like.   
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