Brief author info: Confucius (551-479 b.c.e.) Chinese philosopher and founder of Confucianism (K'ung Fu Tzu) Born of poor but aristocratic parents; joined Chinese civil service and rose to rank of minister in Chinese state of Lu; jealousy of peers caused breach with ruler, left service and became wandering sage. Returned to Lu in 485 and devoted remaining years to teaching; after his death, disciples collected his writings but probably made extensive changes. Basic tenets include promotion of moral (versus religious) values-especially benevolence (jen, or ren), reciprocity (shu) and filial piety (hsiao, or xiao) and emphasis on social control and obligation to society. Until recently, Confucianism was China's state religion; it is still a powerful force, especially among Chinese living overseas.
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The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
The parents' age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety.
The superior man is universally minded and no partisan. The inferior man is a partisan and not universal.
A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, desiring attainment for himself, helps others to attain.
Men do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills.
Teachers open the door ... you enter by yourself.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
You cannot wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life-to be happy-it's all that matters.
Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.
Never have a companion who casts you in the shade.