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Analects, The

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A collection of Confucius' (K'ung fu tzu's) sayings compiled by his pupils shortly after his death in 497 BC. A veritable feast of wisdom, philosophy and social morality.

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The Analects reflect the extent to which Confucius held up a moral ideal for all men. The aim is the perfection of one's moral character, the method one of arduous pursuit of such moral attributes as benevolence, wisdom, courage; the result is no recompense either in this life or the next - to follow the Way must be its own reward.

"In this monumental translation by Professor D. C. Lau, an attempt has been made to interpret the sayings as they stand. The corpus of the sayings is taken as an organic whole and the final test of the interpretation rests on the internal consistency it exhibits. In other words, The Analects is read in the light of The Analects. This results in a truer understanding of Confucius' thought than the traditional interpretation and paves the way for a re-assessment of its importance in the history of Chinese thought and its relevance to the present day world."       ~Columbia University Press

The Master said, ‘Have the firm faith to devote yourself to learning, and abide to the death in the good way. Enter not a state that is in peril; stay not in a state that is in danger. Show yourself when the Way prevails in the Empire, but hide yourself when it does not. It is a shameful matter to be poor and humble when the Way prevails in the state. Equally, it is a shameful matter to be rich and noble when the Way falls into disuse in the state.'       ~Confucius 8.13


D.C. Lau taught Chinese philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London Univeristy from 1950. In 1965 he was appointed to a readership in Chinese Philosophy, and in 1970 as Chair Professor of Chinese at London University. In 1978 he returned to Hong Kong to take up the chair of Chinese Language and Literature at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is now Emeritus Professor.

His translations of Tao te Ching, Mencius, and The Analects of Confucius were published as Penguin Classics between the 1960s and the 1970s.

Author Confucius
Translator Lau, D.C.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 249 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1979
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