Confucius Biography

Confucius Biography

Confucius was a philosopher who based his philosophy on the qualities of day to day life. He was listed among those few leaders who wrote their theory on practicality of life. Confucius was well known as Master Kong to the Chinese and he taught the people how to cultivate the value of modesty, planning, respect, moral behaviour, honesty and sincerity apart from the common sense that we do have in us. He professed that only by adopting these values the human being could lead a good life. Confucius believed that true happiness can be attained only if we well plan our actions and help our fellow men. He always aimed his philosophy in such a way that it benefits all the people of the empire he was part of.

Born: 551 BC, Lu
Died: 479 BC, Lu
Full name: Kong Qiu
Spouse: Qiguan
Children: Kong Li

Birth Details & Personal Biography

Confucius was born in Lu a small Chine State in the year 551 BC. The marriage between his father and mother was considered to be illicit as his mother was a teen and his father was an old man. He lost his father when he was 3 years old. Confucius was raised by his mother with great difficulty as they were very poor. Confucius family was linked to the growing class of Shi and was ranked very high between nobility and the common people. The people of this class used to seek their position in the society on the base of their talent and skills unlike other who got it as heredity. In his young age, Confucius used to assemble sacrificial vessel and copy the motions of rituals. At the age of 19 he got married to Qi Quan. Confucius had three children. Confucius never had a cordial relationship with his family.  

Career

In the beginning of his career Confucius did many menial jobs like he worked as a shepherd, cowherd, clerk and book keeper etc. At the age of 23, he lost his mother and confided himself into mourning. After 9 years, at the age of 32 he took teaching as his profession and started teaching the ancient rituals to a minister’s son. When Confucius completed his 34 years, he went to the imperial capital of Lo Yang with a desire to study the traditions of Chou Empire. After a year he accompanied the Prince of Lu and together they fled to a neighbouring state and learned the art of music and got so engrossed in that he even forgot the basic necessity of life. After his returning to his native land he continued his studies. At the age of 51, he entered politics and was appointed as the Minister of Justice.

Awards & Achievements

With his advice and counsel the Prince of Lu became powerfully strong.

Quotes

"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."
- Confucius

"Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes."
- Confucius

"When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves."
- Confucius

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

"Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart."
- Confucius


"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."
- Confucius

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

"When anger rises, think of the consequences."
- Confucius

"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."
- Confucius

"What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others."
- Confucius

"Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses."
- Confucius

"To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle."
- Confucius

"He who will not economize will have to agonize."
- Confucius

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
- Confucius

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do."
- Confucius

"Respect yourself and others will respect you."
- Confucius

"Study the past if you would define the future."
- Confucius

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

"To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage."
- Confucius


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