Introduced by D. C. Lau
Preface by A. C. Grayling
Translated by D. C. Lau
This beautiful edition, illustrated with Sung Dynasty paintings that reflect Confucian subjects and ideas, allows every reader to profit from the timeless philosophy that remains at the heart of Chinese civilisation and tradition.
‘It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs’
- Confucius, The Analects
Collected by his disciples over 2,000 years ago, the teachings of Confucius remain at the very heart of Chinese civilisation and tradition, and have influenced almost every other society, both Eastern and Western. Reading them today is to rediscover one of the great thinkers in world history – a seminal and enlightened philosopher as influential as Aristotle and Marcus Aurelius. Like Buddha and Jesus, Confucius emphasised humility and compassion, and his appeal for kindness, order and respect for others stemmed from the belief that virtue is the only path worth taking.
Bound in cloth printed with ‘Three Friends of Winter’ by Zhao Mengjian, from the Famous Album Leaves of the Sung Dynasty
Set in Centaur
Frontispiece and 8 pages of colour plates
11˝ x 7¼˝