A highly influential philosopher from China, Confucius was also a political figure and a teacher. He is regarded highly for his aphorisms as well as models on social interaction. He was born in 551 BC in Lu, China. All his teachings are preserved in the Analects. He put emphasis on the creation of ethical models for public and family interactions and also setting standards of education. Although he died in 479 BC, his philosophy, known as Confucianism became the imperial philosophy of the country. Confucius phrases have helped in shaping up the religious beliefs of the Chinese in many levels.
"Study the past if you would define the future "
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated"
"What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others"
"Silence is a true friend who never betrays"
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart"
"He who refuses to forgive breaks the bridge over which he, too, must cross"
"Wisdom compassion and courage recognized moral qualities of men"
"Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace."
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
Although the Chinese follow Confucianism in a religious way, a lot of people are of the opinion that it is more of a code for secular morality than religion. However, the proponents argue that the teachings of Confucius are based on a religious world view. Confucius was also actively involved with political and government advisory. It’s believed that Confucius died at the age of 72.