The Essential Confucius

The Essential Confucius

Thomas Cleary

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 0062502158

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A deluxe paperback edition: Thomas Cleary's brilliant translation of the sayings of Confucius presented in the order of the 64 classic I Ching hexagrams.

















despised. If you are magnanimous, you will win people. If you are truthful, you will be trusted. If you are acute, you will be successful. If you are generous, you will be able to employ people." (q:6) 51 BOOK OF CHANGE 19 ---Leaders draw on limitless resources of education and thought to embrace and protect the people without bound. 52 ANALECTS Confucius said to a pupil, "Do you think I have come to know many things by studying them?" The pupil said, "Yes. Isn't it so?" Confucius said,

mean, no one knows you?" Confucius said, "I have no grudge against Heaven, nor do I blame other people. I study from the basis and arrive at higher things. Who knows me but Heaven?" (14:37) 107 BOOK OF CHANGE 47 -- --- Good people use life to the full and achieve their aim. 108 ANALECTS Once when two disciples were standing by Confucius, the teacher asked each one to express his ambition. One disciple said, "I would like a carriage and clothes like those of my companions, and not to

Confucius, "What can be done to win the allegiance of the people?" Confucius replied, "Promote the honest over the crooked, and the people will obey. Promote the crooked over the honest, and the people will not obey." (2:19) Someone said to Confucius, "How would it be to respond to hostility with virtue?" Confucius replied, "Then what would you use to respond to virtue? Respond to hostility with honesty; respond to virtue with virtue." (14:36) 125 BOOK OF CHANGE 56 ---Good people apply

Confucius said, "Where there is education, there are no classes:' Confucius accordingly endeavored to make the tools for this development more available by passing on the heritage of history and culture to a wider range of people than would otherwise have had access to it. At the same time, he called upon people in positions of authority to make conscious human development part of the overall operation of society itself, not only in public education but in the actual operation of government, both

should be understood to be intimately related in the original thought of Confucius. One of his most famous sayings contrasts the exemplary individual with the small-minded person in terms of whether one is informed by justice and duty or by profit and advantage. Confucius thought that rulers who put on a pretense of justice and duty but were really motivated by profit and advantage were destroying the moral fiber of society. Therefore, because later usage tinged duty with notions of unquestioning

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