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SELECTIONS FROM THE ANALECTS OF CONFUCIUS

by Confucius (551 BCE - 479 BCE, Spring and Autumn Period)
English translation: James Legge
TRANSMISSION (EXCERPT)

When I walk along with two others, They may serve me as my teachers.

I will select their good qualities and follow them, Their bad qualities and avoid them.

THE PRACTICE OF GOVERNMENT (EXCERPT)
At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning.

At thirty, I stood firm.

At forty, I had no doubts.

At fifty, I knew the decrees of Heaven.

At sixty, my ear was an obedient organ for the reception of truth.

At seventy, I could follow what my heart desired, without transgressing what was right.

THERE IS YONG (EXCERPT)

The wise find pleasure in water;The virtuous find pleasure in hills.

The wise are active;The virtuous are tranquil.

The wise are joyful;The virtuous are long-lived.

YAN YUAN (EXCERPT)

Look not at what is contrary to propriety;

Listen not to what is contrary to propriety;

Speak not what is contrary to propriety;

Make no movement which is contrary to propriety.

── from Lunyu (Analects of Confucius)