Teacher of the teachers for ten thousand generation (萬世師表)
Confucius is respected as Teacher of the Teachers. He was born 551 BC, five and a half
century before Jesus. He lived for 72 years until 479 BC. Up to now, many people still
celebrate his birthday on September 28. Confucius started his teaching career at the age
of 20. Over 3000 students followed him and 72 became top ranking Government Officials
serving under the Emperor. He wrote many books, some of them were translated in Latin,
English, French, Japanese and other languages. These books are being studied in Universities
all over the world. World leaders and professors always use his quotes in speeches.
They always say “Confucius said ………..”.
Here are some of the “Confucius Said……….”.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
It is not possible for one to teach others, who cannot teach his own family.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
He who merely knows the right principles is not equal to the one who loves him.
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
We don't know yet about life, how can we know about death?
Mankind differs from the animals only by a little, and most people throw that away.
If you enjoy what you do, you'll never work another day in your life.
The Master said, (the good man) does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs.
emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social
relationships, justice and sincerity. These values gained prominence in China over other
doctrines, such as Legalism
or Daoism during the Han Dynasty. Confucius' thoughts have been
developed into a system of philosophy known as Confucianism. It was introduced to
His teachings are known primarily through the Analects of Confucius, a short collection of his discussions with his disciples, which was compiled posthumously.
In the Analects, Confucius presents himself as a "transmitter who invented nothing". He put the greatest emphasis on the importance of study, and it is the Chinese character for study (學) that opens the text. In this respect, he is seen by Chinese people as the Greatest Master. Far from trying to build a systematic theory of life and society, he wanted his disciples to think deeply for themselves and relentlessly study the outside world, mostly through the old scriptures and by relating past political events (like the Annals) or past feelings of common people (like the Book of Odes).
In times of
division, chaos, and endless wars between feudal states, he wanted to restore
the Mandate of Heaven that could unify the
One of the deepest teachings of Confucius, one of the hardest to understand from a Western point of view, may have been the superiority of exemplification over explicit rules of behavior. His ethics may be considered one of the greatest virtue ethics. This kind of "indirect" way to achieve a goal is used widely in his teachings by way of allusions, innuendo, and even tautology. This is why his teachings need to be examined and put into context for access by Westerners. A good example is found in this famous anecdote:
One day, a stables was burnt down,
when returning from court,
Confucius said, "Was anyone hurt?"
He did not ask about the horses.
The anecdote is not long, but it is of paramount importance. In his time horses were
perhaps 10 times more valuable than stablemen. By not asking about the horses,
Confucius demonstrated his greatest concern: human beings. Thus, according to many
Eastern and Western commentators, Confucius' teaching can be considered a Chinese
While rites, in short, show off social hierarchies, music unifies hearts in shared enjoyment.
He added that rites are not only ways to arrange sacrificial tools, and music is not only
the sound of sticks on a bell. Both are communications between someone's humanity
and his social context; both feed social relationships, such as the five prototypes: between
father and son, husband and wife, prince and subject, elder and youngster, and friend and
friend. Duties are always balanced, and if a subject must obey his ruler, the subject must
tell the ruler when he is wrong.
Confucius' teachings were later turned into a corps de doctrine by his numerous disciples
wrote a prominent book on it, and in time, a philosophy was elaborated, which is known
in the West as Confucianism.
Want to know more about Confucius? Click the links below
http://www.confucius.org/main01.htm (Multi-languages website)
http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Confucius (For well known quotes)