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 (ăn′ə-lĕkts′) also an·a·lec·ta (ăn′ə-lĕk′tə)
Selections from or parts of a literary work or group of works. Often used as a title.

[Greek analekta, selected things, from neuter pl. of analektos, gathered together, from analegein, to gather : ana-, ana- + legein, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·lec′tic adj.
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(ˈænəˌlɛkts) or


pl n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) selected literary passages from one or more works
[C17: via Latin from Greek analekta, from analegein to collect up, from legein to gather]
ˌanaˈlectic adj
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(ˈæn lˌɛkts)

also an•a•lec•ta

(ˌæn lˈɛk tə)
selected passages from the writings of an author or of different authors.
[1615–25; < Latin analecta < Greek análekta, neuter pl. of análektos, v. adj. of analégein to gather up =ana- ana- + légein to gather]
an`a•lec′tic, adj.
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 literary gleanings.
Examples: analects . . . is taken for collections of scraps out of authors, 1658; analects in verse and prose, 1770.
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Noun1.analects - a collection of excerpts from a literary work
excerpt, excerption, extract, selection - a passage selected from a larger work; "he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings"
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Moreover, with nascent South Koreans seemingly no longer bound by the filial piety so vehemently espoused by the Confucian analects and embodied in the Chinese character of 'hyo', , a quarter of the elderly live alone.
The first two sentences make direct allusion to Confucius's saying in Analects - the wise rejoice in water and the benevolent rejoice in water - and the last sentence makes reference to Tao Yuanming's "Peach Blossom Spring", an essay describing a beautiful Utopian place.
Later eschewing neo-Confucianism and its metaphysical innovations, Shibusawa was most fond of the Analects, one of the original Confucian texts compiled by Confucius' followers after his death.
The Analects, which encourage respect for learning, honoring parents, caring for children, and leading a virtuous life, have never been so timely.
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One place scholars often use as an origin of the Chinese rhetorical tradition is that of Analects, a collection of Confucius's sayings.
Analects 17:25 states, "Women and small people are hard to deal with." According to Anna Sun, "For two thousand years, Confucianism has been known to be a tradition of patriarchal domination, with the male authorities--the ruler in imperial China, the father in the household, the husband in the marriage--holding indisputable power over women." (24) In ancient China, women could not attend old-style private schools to receive education like men did.
This includes 'The Analects', which is also known as the 'Analects of Confucius', a collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius.
As he once said: "I transmit but do not innovate." (Analects 7:1) The religious idea appeared in these classics reflects only the general religious background of the times before and when Confucius lived, rather than Confucius' own idea.
On the conservative reading, classical Confucian thought would seem to be rely on the method of authority, but Foust argues that the Analects exhibits greater similarities with Peirce's fourth method, scientific inquiry.
In this respect, Confucius was wise in when he said, "I am not worried that nobody knows me; I seek to become fit to be known" (Analects 4.14).
Some of this can also be seen in Confucian thought, where charity and generosity are subsumed under the concept of 'ren.' In the Analects, Confucius repeated this word hundreds of times.