Analects of Confucius Book 5: Confucius on Confucius

Chapter 7
“Zilu is much braver than I am, but he brings no materials to make the raft with.”

Chapter 9
“You’re certainly not his equal and neither am I.”
(Comparing himself and Zigong to Yan Hui)

Chapter 10
“There was a time when I used to listen to what people had to say and trusted that they would act on their word, but now I have to listen to what they say and watch what they do. It’s my dealings with Zai Yu that have forced me to change.”

Chapter 11
“I’ve never seen a person who is truly resolute.”

Chapter 22
When Confucius was in the state of Chen, he said: “Let’s go home, let’s go home! Our young people are full of fire and bursting with talent, but they have no idea how to use it.”

Chapter 25
“Smooth talk, pretentiousness, and obsequiousness: Zuoqiu Ming detested such behavior, and I detest it too. Acting friendly towards a person you secretly resent: Zuoqiu Ming detested such behavior, and I detest it too.”

Chapter 26
“I would love to provide comfort to the elderly, be faithful to my friends, and cherish the young.”

Chapter 27
“I give up! I have yet to meet a person capable of seeing their own faults and taking themselves to task in the court of their own heart.”

Chapter 28
“In a hamlet of ten houses, you’re certain to find someone as loyal and trustworthy as I am, but you won’t find a single person who loves learning as much as I do.”

Book 5, Chapter 7
Book 5, Chapter 9
Book 5, Chapter 10
Book 5, Chapter 11
Book 5, Chapter 22
Book 5, Chapter 25
Book 5, Chapter 26
Book 5, Chapter 27
Book 5, Chapter 28



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Richard Brown

I live in Taiwan and am interested in exploring what ancient Chinese philosophy can tell us about technology and the rise of modern China.