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孔子 Confucius
   2014-09-26 11:18:16    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Qin Mei

Who is Confucius(孔子kǒng zǐ)?

子(zǐ) is respectful form of address in ancient China reserved for those with moral integrity and knowledge. Kong Zi, known as Confucius, was a Chinese educator and thinker who lived more than 2,000 years ago. His surname was Kong and his full name was Kong Qiu. He was born into a fallen noble family in the State of Lu(now Shandong province).He was intelligent and loved learning since childhood. He became a learned and accomplished man.

He started providing education for commoners when he grew up, believing that everybody, regardless of social status, was entitled to education. He was the first teacher who advocated education for commoners. With regards to teaching methods, he proposed teaching by personal example and in accordance with students' aptitudes.

It is said Kong Zi had more than 3,000 students, 72 of whom became very well-known. Kong Zi established Confucianism which emphasizes 礼li(propriety), 乐yue(music), and 仁ren(benevolence). He advocated running state affairs with morality and etiquette. After Kong Zi's death, his disciples organized his teachings into The Analects which became the sutra of all schools of Confucianism. Most rulers followed Confucianism and elevated Kong Zi to the status of the "great sage".

孔子学院(kǒng zǐ xué yuàn), or the Confucius Institute as it is known to foreigners, is named after Kong Zi. Confucius Institutes are non-profit organization established in recent years by China, which are devoted to teaching Chinese language and introducing Chinese culture. One of their tasks is to provide standard and authoritative textbooks and learning channels for Chinese-language learners around the world. Up to now, 457 Confucius Institutes and 707 Confucius classes have been set up in more than 122 countries and regions. Kong Zi's teachings and Confucianism is gradually spreading around the world.

Selected Confucius Quotes

The superior man does not promote a man simply on account of his words, not does he put aside good words because of the man. 

When it comes to benevolence, one need not give precedence even to his teacher.

The superior man aims at harmony but not at uniformity. The mean man aims at uniformity but not at harmony.

If you have things done hastily, you will not reach the goal. If you only see small gains, you will not accomplish great tasks.

Only when the year becomes cold do we know how the pine and the cypress are the last to fade.

Let the superior man never fail reverentially to order his own conduct, and let him be respectful to others and observant of propriety:-- then all within the whole country will be his brothers. What has the superior man to do with being distressed because he has no brothers?

With what then will you recompense kindness? Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.

Those whose courses are different cannot lay plans for one another.

If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others.

They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it.
The silent treasuring up of knowledge; learning without satiety; and instructing others without being wearied -- which one of these things belongs to me?
I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.
When I walk along with two others, they may serve me as my teachers. I will select their good qualities and follow them, their bad qualities and avoid them.

Related News

Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed an international seminar to mark the 2,565th anniversary of the birth of Confucius, which is concurrent with the Fifth Congress of the International Confucian Association (ICA), at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 24, 2014.

[Photo: Xinhua]



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