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Analects Quotes

21 of the best book quotes from Analects
  1. #1
    “Have no friends not equal to yourself.”
  2. #2
    “Let there be a careful attention to perform the funeral rites to parents, and let them be followed when long gone with the ceremonies of sacrifice;— then the virtue of the people will resume its proper excellence.”
  3. #3
    “Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.”
  4. #4
    “The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.”
  5. #5
    “If a man be without the virtues proper to humanity, what has he to do with the rites of propriety? If a man be without the virtues proper to humanity, what has he to do with music?”
  6. #6
    “To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons.”
  7. #7
    “The virtuous rest in virtue; the wise desire virtue.”
  1. #8
    “I daily examine myself on three points:— whether, in transacting business for others, I may have been not faithful;— whether, in intercourse with friends, I may have been not sincere;— whether I may have not mastered and practised the instructions of my teacher.”
  2. #9
    “When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it;— this is knowledge.”
  3. #10
    “If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others.”
  4. #11
    “He acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.”
  5. #12
    “When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”
  6. #13
    “While a man’s father is alive, look at the bent of his will; when his father is dead, look at his conduct. If for three years he does not alter from the way of his father, he may be called filial.”
  7. #14
    “When agreements are made according to what is right, what is spoken can be made good. When respect is shown according to what is proper, one keeps far from shame and disgrace. When the parties upon whom a man leans are proper persons to be intimate with, he can make them his guides and masters.”
  1. #15
    “To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.”
  2. #16
    “I have talked with Hui for a whole day, and he has not made any objection to anything I said;— as if he were stupid. He has retired, and I have examined his conduct when away from me, and found him able to illustrate my teachings. Hui!— He is not stupid.”
  3. #17
    “I will not be afflicted at men’s not knowing me; I will be afflicted that I do not know men.”
  4. #18
    “Things that are done, it is needless to speak about; things that have had their course, it is needless to remonstrate about; things that are past, it is needless to blame.”
  5. #19
    “If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame. ‘If they be led by virtue, and uniformity sought to be given them by the rules of propriety, they will have the sense of shame, and moreover will become good.”
  6. #20
    “He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.”
  7. #21
    “Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.”
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