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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.


(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


(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.


 literary gleanings.
Examples: analects . . . is taken for collections of scraps out of authors, 1658; analects in verse and prose, 1770.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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In the Analects, Confucius repeated this word hundreds of times.
There are 20 pages for the Yidan Prize for Education Development, and 13 pages for the Yidan Prize for Education Research, symbolizing the twenty chapters of the Analects and the Thirteen Classics respectively.
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In this study of Confucius, the Analects, and early Chinese thought, the author argues that the Analects is not the earliest source of the teachings of Confucius; he criticizes the Lunyu-centric approach to Kongzi and advocates for subordinating Lunyu studies to the study of Kongzi in general.
In the Analects, Confucius says that fifty is a watershed year in one's life, a time when one becomes conscious of the "mandate of heaven," or one's position in the universe.
Confucius said (or is supposed to have said--some think this is much later interpellation into the Analects (15)): The first step in establishing good government is to rectify names.
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With regard to Chinese utopian literature, Fokkema analyzed the Analects of Confucius as utopian text, shows how the Tai Ping revolt of 1850-1864 manifested a new kind of utopianism blending Christian and Chinese influences, how the Chinese American writer Lin Yutang wrote his own kind of utopias, how China is described as a dystopian country in Sheng Lao's 1932 Cat Country, how Ruzhen Li's 1827 novel Destiny of Flowers in the Mirror evokes complex utopian visions including accounts of lands ruled by women and how Li's flowers also resonate in Mao's romantic, utopian idiom encapsulated in his slogan "Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom.
An added bonus is the page of Cultural Explanation which explains many details of the story's authentic illustrations, plus some famous teachings of Confucius called the Analects.