By Burton Watson
Compiled through disciples of Confucius within the centuries following his demise in 479 B.C.E., The Analects of Confucius is a set of aphorisms and historic anecdotes embodying the fundamental values of the Confucian culture: studying, morality, ritual decorum, and filial piety. Reflecting the version eras of chinese language antiquity, the Analects deals important insights into profitable governance and the proper association of society. choked with humor and sarcasm, it reads like an off-the-cuff dialog among instructor and pupil, emphasizing the position of the person within the attainment of information and the worth of utilizing old occasions and folks to light up ethical and political innovations.
Confucius's teachings concentrate on cultural and peaceable objectives and the features of benevolent and culturally uncommon govt. He additionally discusses ancestor worship and different rites played for the spirits of the useless. the one such a lot influential philosophical paintings in all of chinese language historical past, The Analects of Confucius has formed the concept and customs of China and neighboring international locations for hundreds of years. Burton Watson's concise translation makes use of the pinyin romanization approach and retains explanatory notes to a minimal, but his intimate wisdom of the Confucian culture and distinctive realization to linguistic element catch the unique text's splendor, cogency, and wit.
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YAO Sage ruler of antiquity who ceded the throne to Shun [6:30, 8:19, 14:44, 20:1]. YI mythical, rowdy archer of antiquity who met a violent finish [14:6]. YI Non-Chinese those who lived to the east of China [3:5, 13:19]. YI zone within the country of Wei [3:24]. YI YI Recluse [18:8]. YI YIN Minister who assisted Tang, founding father of the Yin dynasty [12:22]. YONG See Zhonggong Ran Yong. you notice Zilu. YOU RUO Disciple of Confucius [1:2, 1:12, 1:13, 12:9]. YU Sage ruler, successor to Shun, and founding father of the Xia dynasty. he's linked to flood keep watch over and encouragement of agriculture [8:18, 8:20, 8:21, 14:6, 20:1]. YU See Shun. YU ZHONG more youthful brother of Tai Bo [18:8]. YUAN RANG previous good friend of Confucius [14:45]. YUAN SI Disciple of Confucius [6:5, 14:1, 14:2]. ZAI WO Disciple of Confucius [3:21, 5:10, 6:26, 11:3, 17:21]. ZAI YU See Zai Wo. ZANG WENZHONG (D. 617 B. C. E) top minister of the country of Lu [5:18, 14:13, 15:14]. ZANG WUZHONG Grandson of Zang Wenzhong and legit of the nation of Lu [14:15]. ZENG CAN See grasp Zeng. ZENG SHEN See grasp Zeng. ZENG XI Father of Zeng Shen [11:26]. ZHAO strong kinfolk of the kingdom of Jin [14:12]. ZHENG Small kingdom to the west of Lu [14:9, 15:11, 17:18]. ZHONGGONG RAN YONG Disciple of Confucius [6:6, 12:2, 13:2]. ZHONGMOU region managed by means of the nation of Jin [17:7]. ZHONGNI See Confucius. ZHONGSHU YU See Gongshu Wenzi. ZHONGYOU See Zilu. ZHOU (written with a special personality from the identify of the dynasty) final ruler of the Yin dynasty who's depicted in legend as a tyrant [18:1, 19:20]. ZHOU REN clever guy of antiquity [16:1]. ZHU ZHANG Recluse [18:8]. ZHUAN reputable of the country of Wei [14:19]. ZHUANGZI OF PIAN famous for his valor [14:13]. ZHUANYU Small feudal area within the nation of Lu [16:1]. ZICHAN OF DONGLI top minister of the kingdom of Zheng within the iteration earlier than that of Confucius who was once a lot fashionable via Confucius [5:16, 14:9, 14:10]. ZIFU JINGBO professional in carrier to the Ji kinfolk [14:38, 19:23]. ZIGAO Disciple of Confucius and steward of Bi [11:18, 11:25]. ZIGONG own identify Si; well known disciple of Confucius [1:10, 1:15, 2:13, 3:17, 5:4, 5:9, 5:13, 5:15, 6:8, 6:30, 7:14, 9:6, 9:13, 11:3, 11:13, 11:16, 11:19, 12:7, 12:8, 12:23, 13:20, 13:24, 14:18, 14:30, 14:31, 14:37, 15:3, 15:10, 15:24, 17:19, 17:24, 19:20–19:25]. ZIHUA See Gongxi Zihua. ZIJIAN Disciple of Confucius [5:3]. ZILU own identify You; well-liked disciple of Confucius. Steward to the Ji kinfolk, later in carrier to the ruler of the kingdom of Wei, he died whereas struggling with in Wei in 480 B. C. E [2:17, 5:7, 5:8, 5:14, 5:26, 6:8, 6:28, 7:10, 7:18, 7:34, 9:12, 9:27, 9:28, 10:22, 11:13, 11:15, 11:18, 11:22, 11:24, 11:25, 11:26, 12:12, 13:1, 13:3, 13:28, 14:13, 14:17, 14:23, 14:38, 14:40, 14:44, 15:2, 15:4, 16:1, 17:5, 17:7, 17:8, 17:23, 18:6, 18:7]. ZIQIN Disciple of Confucius [1:10, 16:13]. ZISANG BOZI id unknown [6:2]. ZIXI respectable of the nation of Chu [14:10]. ZIXIA own identify Shang; sought after disciple of Confucius [1:7, 2:8, 3:8, 6:13, 11:3, 11:16, 12:5, 12:22, 13:17, 19:3–19:13]. ZIYOU Disciple of Confucius and steward of Wucheng [2:7, 4:26, 6:14, 11:3, 17:4, 19:12, 19:14, 19:15].