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Analects of Confucius Book 4: new English translation

Read this new English translation of the Analects of Confucius Book 4 to learn more about the teachings of China’s most famous philosopher. Its main themes include goodness, leadership, filial devotion, and the need for restraint.

Chapter 1
子曰:「里仁為美。擇不處仁,焉得知?」
Confucius said: “It’s beautiful to live in a neighborhood that’s filled with goodness. How can someone be wise if they choose to live in a place that lacks goodness?”
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Leadership Lessons from Confucius: exercising restraint

exercising restraint

子曰:「以約失之者,鮮矣。」
Confucius said: “You rarely go wrong when you exercise restraint.”

Don’t get caught up in the heat of the moment. Take a deep breath or simply walk away before you say or do something that you’ll come to regret. You make your best decisions when you’re calm and have time to weigh up all the available options – not when you’re consumed with emotion and in a rush. As a leader, your responsibility to achieve the best solution rather than “win” the argument.

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