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Surak's Analects was a collection of sayings made by the Vulcan philisopher Surak. They were made by the follower of logic after he had embraced his new belief. The Analects were a source of controversy among a number of Vulcans though others found it an interesting read.

When first published, the Analects sparked three riots and won Surak two literary awards. They were inspirational to the Adepts of Gol who converted to Surak's belief in logic.

It was common for followers of Surak to quote from his Analects. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Soul)

Lieutenant Jasminder Choudhury owned a hardcopy of Analects. (TNG novel: Greater Than the Sum)

Contents

Quotes

First Analects

  • "Names speak truth."

Second Analects

  • "There is nothing to gain from haste but error."

Third Analects

  • "Disciplines that can be abandoned in times of hardship when disciplines are most needed are no disciplines at all."
  • "Life calls to Life."
  • "The body is flesh to which the mind gives meaning and into which the katra breathes life."
  • "If you cannot forgive yourself for what you have done, how, then, can you forgive your victim?"

Non-specified quotations

  • "To each joy its celebration; to each sorrow, its observance. That was only logical."
  • "There is no higher praise than 'satisfactory'"
  • "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."
  • "Where fear walked, anger was its companion."
  • "We blame no one so bitterly as those who made us act against the best dictates of our own hearts and minds."

(TOS novel: Vulcan's Soul)


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