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.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or star.
Learning without thought is useless. Thought without learning is dangerous.
Respect yourself, and others will respect you.
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.
You have to live your life according to what comforts you, not what the rest of your family thinks you ought to be doing.
A relationship is what happens between two people who are waiting for something better to come along.
Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we are born.
The time we waste trying to find out what life is all about could be spent loving someone and finding out.
Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friends.