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The Wisdom of Confucius When you see a good man try to emulate his example and when you see a bad man search yourself for his faults That quote is one of the many morals stated by the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius which we still live by today The Wisdom of Confucius edited and translated by Lin Yutang takes the best things said and said about Confucius and put them into one three hundred page book It follows his life from his lowly birth in the small town of Tsou to his death as one of the worlds greatest philosophers The book also shows his ideas and beliefs on such subjects as education politics and music subjects still evident in modern day society The book is mainly comprised of sections and chapters taken from ancient Chinese literature and translated into English by Yutang He has also added his own commentary and a very lengthy introduction Some of the books that Yutang used were The Analects written by one of Confucius disciples Mencius Spring and Autumn written by Confucius himself and The Book of Songs which includes over three hundred Chinese songs and anthems edited by Confucius Confucius was born in the small town of Tsou Lu in 551 BC His real name was Chiu Kung Chiu literally meant hill and he was named this because he was born with a large bump on his head The name Confucius means Kung the master When he was a young boy Confucius father and mother died and were buried together at Fangshan a town in eastern Lu While he was still grieving a corrupt official told Confucius that the baron of his city was giving a banquet for all of the scholars and he was not invited This upset Confucius greatly so he left Lu On his deathbed the baron of Lu Li Meng told his son Yi Meng that Confucius was
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