Sunday, September 24, 2006


Confucius, translated as "Kong Fuzi" or "Master Kong" was one of the most famous Chinese thinkers and social philosophers, whose teachings had influences from the East Asian life.

The philosophy of Confucius was based on morality, either personal or governmental, sincerity and , most of all, on justice. This values became more important in China than any other doctrines of the time (Legalism and Daoism). All his thoughts were developed in a philosophy system called Confucianism, introduced in Europe by Jesuit Matteo Ricci.

This teachings are known primarily through the Analects of Confucius, an interesting collection of "brief aphoristic fragments", compiled many years after he died. Modern historians do not believe that any specific documents can be said to have been writen by Confucius, but for nearly 2,000 years he was thought to be the editor or author of all the Five Classics such as the Classic of Rites, and the Spring and Autumn Annals.

More on his life and ethics...


Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

He who will not economize will have to agonize.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

Study the past if you would define the future.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.


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