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Origin of analects
Examples from the Web for analects
I looked at its title—The Analects of Confucius—and blinked.To Choke an Ocean
Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
The Analects of Confucius contain the gist of his teachings, and is worthy of study.The Wisdom of Confucius
We turn to the Analects of Confucius and we see the Chinese gentleman.The Gentle Reader
Samuel McChord Crothers
In the tenth book of his Analects we get a glimpse of the habits of the philosopher.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I
In his "Analects" Confucius defines Courage by explaining, as is often his wont, what its negative is.Bushido, the Soul of Japan
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Word Origin and History for analects
1650s, "literary gleanings," from Latinized form of Greek analekta, literally "things chosen," neuter plural of analektos "select, choice," verbal adjective of analegein "to gather up, collect," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + legein "to gather," also "to choose words," hence "to speak" (see lecture (n.)).