The Analects

The Analects

Paperback Penguin Classics Language: English / Chinese

By (author) Confucius, Translated by D. C. Lau

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Language: English / Chinese
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 18mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 9 March 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140443487
  • ISBN 13: 9780140443486
  • Illustrations note: notes, bibliography, glossary
  • Sales rank: 35,129

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The Analects express a philosophy, or a moral code, by which Confucius, one of the most humane thinkers of all time, believed everyone should live. Upholding the ideals of wisdom, self-knowledge, courage and love of one's fellow man, he argued that the pursuit of virtue should be every individual's supreme goal. And, while following the Way, or the truth, might not result in immediate or material gain, Confucius showed that it could nevertheless bring its own powerful and lasting spiritual rewards.

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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.

Review quote

"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"

Table of contents

Book I; book II; book III; book IV; book V; book VI; book VII; book VIII; book IX; book X; book XI; book XII; book XIII; book XIV; book XV; book XVI; book XVII; book XVIII; book XIX; book XX. Appendices: events in the life of Confucius chronology; the disciples as they appear in "The Analects"; the Lun Yu.