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Articles for Confucius
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Confucian Analects translated by James Legge (1893) The Master Confucius said, “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.”
Confucian Analects translated by James Legge (1893) The Master Confucius: “Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application?
Confucius translated by James Legge (1893) WHAT THE GREAT LEARNING teaches, is to illustrate illustrious virtue; to renovate the people; and to rest in the highest excellence.
“Their knowledge being extensive, their thoughts became sincere.” The foregoing from “The Great Learning” (Text, v. 5) is challenged more frequently, perhaps, than any other of its propositions;
After instruction in self-development, men need to know their relation to their fellows. First in importance of our social duties, and intimately connected with individual character, Confucius placed propriety.
Confucius taught that one the key to self mastery was through scholarship and study. He stated “He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” (Analects 2.15)
“It is virtuous manners which constitute the excellence of a neighbourhood. If a man in selecting a residence do not fix upon one where such prevail, how can he be wise?” (Analects, bk. iv., c. i.)
What are the main teachings of Confucius? Confucius expounded a system of social and political philosophy which he conveyed to a group of disciples.