Key Passages in
the Analects of Confucius

The title of the Analects, Lun-yü, , of Confucius, we can translate as something like "Discourses and Dialogues" -- Analect would be "Digest" or "Collection" from Greek. Here we have sayings and stories about Confucius, or sometimes just about his students. This page is not a commentary on the Analects. It merely identifies passages that are famous, often quoted, or which I consider to be especially expressive for the principles of his thought. The translation referred to is that of Arthur Waley, and there are the occasional complaints about it [The Analects of Confucius, 1938, Vintage Books, 1989]. Wade-Giles and Pinyin writings are both used here a little carelessly, which may be a confusing -- the way to identify each is discussed elsewhere. A full exposition of the Chinese terminology of Confucius may be found at the Confucius page. It is hard to know the proper term for the subdivisions of the Books of the Analects. "Chapters" seems like too much for passages that may be only a sentence long, while "verses" implies too little for those that are substantial paragraphs. Perhaps "paragraph" itself would be the right word.

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Book V

Book VI

Book VII


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Book XV


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