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Analects Books 1 – 5: nine quotes on goodness from Confucius

quotes on goodness from Confucius

Confucius never provides a single unified definition of what he means by goodness (仁/rén) – the supreme value that he believed everyone should work towards – in the Analects. Instead, he explores its many different facets throughout the text, either with simple statements or in response to questions from his followers and contemporaries. Here are nine quotes on goodness from Confucius that appear in Book 1 to Book 5 of the Analects. Continue reading Analects Books 1 – 5: nine quotes on goodness from Confucius

Leadership Lessons from Confucius: the path of goodness

path of goodness

子曰:「不仁者,不可以久處約,不可以長處樂。仁者安仁,知者利仁。」
Confucius said: “A person who lacks goodness cannot endure adversity or enjoy happiness for long. A person who possesses goodness finds contentment in it; a wise person profits from it.”

How to keep going when you’re on the point of giving up because the odds are stacked against you? How to maintain your zest for life when all the bright and sparkling objects you’ve accumulated as a result of your success and wealth have lost their shine? In other words, how do you stay balanced when you’re being buffeted by powerful winds from all sides?

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