5 thoughts on “The difference between The Analects and Tao Te Ching?

  1. These two works are markedly different in a number of ways. Why don’t you read them and find out?

  2. The “Analects” were written by Confucius.

    The “Tao te Ching” was written by Lao Tzu.

    Those are the only hints I’m going to give you. Now, it is up to you to go to a library and read them for yourself.

  3. The Tao Te Ching is a book of wisdom, describing the “way” of all things.

    Essentially, there is a tendency in the world towards balance, contrast and equilibrium.
    (That is an over-simplification, it is far more complicated than that.)

    Life tends to be tidal, and the wise know how to sense the proverbial tide, and move with it, rather than against it.
    It also teaches that partiality is the way not only to truth and justice. Without being impartial you cannot truly love somebody. If you cling to the ones you care about, then you are not impartial towards them and not showing them genuine love.
    If you hold them to much at a distance, then you are detaching from them, and showing them disdain, and therefore not love. Love is in the middle between clinging and disdain.

    It teaches that there are times of growth and times of decay. Times to take hold, and times to let go. It is similar in some ways to Ecclesiastes.

    I can’t really describe it much better than that.
    The best is to read it yourself.
    This site has many English translations.

    I do not know much about the Analects.

  4. Lao Tzu is credited with the Tao Te Ching as well as the I Ching (book of changes). The difference between the philosophies of these two men is like the difference between night and day. Confucius was concerned with “discovering” orderliness in the universe. In the realm of human beings his philosophy was very much like the caste system in India. Lao Tzu, on the other hand, observed that there is a “way” in which things operate. He postulated that if one knew the way in which a thing or situation in life operated he could operate in “harmony” with that way. Thus Taoism was born. the harmonious way of nature.

  5. The Analects is written by Confucius. It talks more about the order of social and political life, and places much emphasis on rites, humilities and justice. Tao Te Ching, on the other hand, is written by Lao Tzu. It focus more on laws of nature, as demonstrated in concepts like yin yang balance, wuwei and being and non-being.

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