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.
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.
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 superior man may be made to go to the well, but he cannot be made to go down into it. He may be imposed upon, but he cannot be fooled.
Life is a journey, not a destination.
Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.
You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.