While trustworthiness (信/xìn) is mentioned only once in Book 2 of the Analects, it does at least merit one of Confucius’s most famous metaphors in which he likens it to the yoke of a wagon and the crossbar of a chariot in Chapter 22.
Trustworthiness (信/xìn) is another of the so-called secondary values promoted by Confucius. It means remaining true to your word and being a dependable support for others.
Trustworthiness (信/xìn) means being true to your word and being a dependable support for others. In some contexts it can be translated as ‘’faith”, “faithfulness”, or “sincerity”. A number of references to trustworthiness can be found in the Analects.
子曰：「主忠信，毋友不如己者，過則勿憚改。」 Confucius said: “Hold loyalty and trustworthiness as your highest principles; don’t make friends with people who are not your equal; and when you make a mistake, don’t be afraid to correct yourself.” Presumably this is the kind of advice Confucius had in mind in the previous chapter. This is a repeat of the second … Continue reading Loyalty and trustworthiness
子以四教：文，行，忠，信。 Confucius covered four subjects in his teaching: culture; conduct; loyalty; and trustworthiness. This is passage is clearly linked to the previous chapter of Book 7. Note that out of the four subjects that Confucius taught, three were aimed at ensuring the correct behavior of an individual.
Here is a list of resources covering Book 2 of the Analects of Confucius. You can click on the links below to learn more about the main themes of the book, including governance, leadership, and learning:
Here is a list of resources covering Book 1 of the Analects of Confucius. You can click on the links below to learn more about the main themes of the book, as well as some of the more obscure topics that are mentioned in it.
Analects of Confucius 13.4. Your time and talent are precious. Focus them on where you’ll achieve the greatest impact. If you manage a team concentrate on making sure that you have the right people, culture, and processes in place to make sure it operates successfully. Leave the technical questions for the appropriate experts.
Read this new English translation of the Analects of Confucius Book 9 to learn more about the teachings of China’s most famous philosopher, including his thoughts on how to observe ritual and his hopes for the younger generation.
We all make mistakes. The key is having the courage and intellectual honesty to recognize them and move swiftly to correct them. Once the problem is sorted out, it also means putting in the hard work of carefully analyzing what went wrong and the reasons for it so that you can make sure it’s never repeated.