Confucius, The Analects: In China today, one may find statues of Confucius or Kongzi (551-479 B.C.E) depicting him as the “model teacher for 10,000 generations.” Consisting of roughly five hundred sayings compiled after Confucius’ death, The Analects traditionally was learned through a process of memorization and recitation beginning at an early age. Guided by the ideals of ren (benevolence or humaneness) and li (ritual), Confucius teaches a program of inner virtue combined with attentiveness to one’s social roles. Readers will discover a guide to cultivating oneself, being a good family and community member, and ultimately building a more harmonious world. [recommended by Timothy Connolly, East Stroudsburg State University]

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