Confucius (551 to 479 BC), was a Chinese philosopher and politician and his philosophy, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.
His principles are commonly known as Confucianism and accepted as Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty and respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives, and recommend family as a basis for ideal government.
He is widely considered as one of the most important and influential individuals in shaping human history. His teaching and philosophy greatly impacted people around the world and remains influential today.
Here are ten of his best known sayings:
"The man who says he can
and the man who says he can't
are both correct."
"By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest."
"I hear and I forget;
I see and I remember;
I do and I understand."
"If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people."
"What you do not want done to yourself,
do not do to others."
"The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon.
They have their faults, and everyone sees them;
they change and everyone looks up to them."
"The superior man understands what is right;
the inferior man understands what will sell."
"It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love.
This is how the whole scheme of things works.
All good things are difficult to achieve;
and bad things are very easy to get."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall."
"The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute,
but the man who does not ask is a fool for life."