Confucius' the Analects

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Confucius's counsel and guidance recorded in The Analects instilled wisdom when they were first recorded and continue to provide a thought provoking analysis of life and the checkpoints that guide it. The Master's commentary on restraint, diligence, decency, and citizenship are well intended and relevant. Politics and the role of government also come under scrutiny as Confucius offers his insights in bettering the organization of power. His proverb-like admonitions use clear examples of everyday life allowing them to be understood and easily digested. Confucius's own eagerness and willingness to share goodness he experienced makes it easier to apply and practice in one's own life.

In the author's book dealing with virtue he makes an astute observation regarding the need for restraint in speech equally joined with a lack of restraint in action. Confucius relates his good judgment in the following statement: "The men of old were reserved in speech out of shame lest they should come short in deed." (Confucius p. 20) Confucius's declaration seems to stem from possible past experiences with too much talk and too little action. His declarations lead one to believe that the more traditional and conservative ways tend to pilot one to the ideal standard of life. He reemphasized his point when he said, "The wise man desires to be slow to speak but quick to act." (Confucius, p. 20)

Along with restraint, Confucius discusses the importance of diligence in life and work. Similarly to the previous statements Confucius denounces inaction and asserts to be a proponent of a diligent work ethic. His endorsing and bragging of Hui's in the following statement shows his fondness of this trait. "Ah! Hui was the one to whom I could tell things and who never failed to attend to them." (Confucius p.50) Confucius continues to be pleased with the disciples' vigor and compliments them on their affinity for personal exertion. "Alas! I ever saw him make progress, and never saw...
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