Confucius' teachings, which focused on creating ethical models of interaction and setting educational standards for the people, ring true even today.
His political beliefs were based on self-discipline and compassion and in doing so politicians would lead by positive example.
Chinese people consider Confucius as a sage and he remains one of the most influential teachers in history. His life is celebrated every year on September 28.
Here are some of his quotes.
The greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
There are three methods to learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
A gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials.
Don’t complain about your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
We take more pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.