Scramblin' thru... Confucius
Confucius (551-479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and educator. Much about his life is unknown. Confucius' father died when Confucius was young. His death left the family in poverty, and Confucius had to work to support everyone. He managed to obtain an education, and, as an adult, impressed others with his knowledge and good character. Soon, he began to acquire disciples.
Confucius lived during the Zhou Dynasty (1122-221 BC). He tried to return harmony to China with a philosophy based on devotion to the family, respect between the classes, high moral ideals, and learning. The family was the center of his society, with the father at the head. The mother and children owed total obedience to the father.
Confucius said a ruler should act like a good father and lead by example. He said, "When the ruler does right, all men will imitate his self-control."
He discouraged worrying about the afterlife. He advocated helping others through governmental service, teaching, or just being a good family member. Confucius expressed the well-known principle, "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself" (similar to the Golden Rule). While his teachings were not as influential then, they became a guiding philosophy of Chinese civilization.
Confucius also says...
...Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two
...Our glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.
...Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself.
...A lot of happiness is overlooked because it doesn't cost anything.
...Saying "yes" to a child is like blowing up a balloon; you have to know when to stop.
...An inch of gold cannot purchase an inch of time.
...Water and words are easy to pour but hard to recover.
...One generation plants the tree; another gets shade.
...Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
...By nature everyone is equal; but by education widely different.
...The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single
...To understand your parents' love, bear your own
...Do not remove a fly from your friend's head with a
hatchet. (Yup. That's the BEST advice I've ever received.)