Analects of Confucius Book 4: Resources

Book 4 provides some interesting insights into Confucius’s thinking about goodness – an ambiguous concept that even he was unable (or perhaps unwilling) to clearly define. In addition to plenty of advice on learning and the practice of filial piety, the book also features for the first time in the Analects examples of the sage’s condemnation of the profit motive – which, according to some commentators at least, not held back China’s economic development for two thousand years but also made the nation ill-prepared to fight off the invasions of the Western imperialist powers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Please click on the links below for the complete analysis.

Analects of Confucius Book 4: translation
Analects of Confucius Book 4: overview
Analects of Confucius Book 4: by numbers
Analects Book 4: on leadership
Analects Book 4: on learning
Analects Book 4: on goodness
Analects of Confucius Book 4: virtue never stands alone
Analects Book 4: on filial piety
Analects Book 4: on profit

Here is a list of articles I have written about each chapter in the book. Again, click on the links to learn more!

Leadership Lessons from Confucius: filled with goodness
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: the path of goodness
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: rush to judgement
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: the pursuit of goodness
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: riches and rank
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: a good rant
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: people’s flaws
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: know the way at dawn
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: threadbare clothes and coarse food
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: a strong moral compass
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: the path to virtue
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: self-interest and great resentment
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: observing ritual and showing deference
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: pursue your passion
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: the golden rule
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: tuning your pitch
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: look inside and examine yourself
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: when serving your parents
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: do not travel far
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: vision and core values
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: life is short
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: actions speak louder than words
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: exercising restraint
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: be slow to speak and prompt to act
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: birds of a feather
Leadership Lessons from Confucius: a greatly under-appreciated virtue

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