foundations of Confucian ethics are
FIVE BASIC RELATIONSHIPS
Older brother younger brother
Proper behaviour (li)
Doing ones duty (yi)
Knowing what is right (shi)
Reciprocal care of others (shu)
Respect, fulfilling the obligations of
a child (xiao)
first practise what they preach and afterwards preach according
to their practise.
Confucius, Analects, 2.13
is best when people barely know that he exists. Of a good leader,
who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, the
people will say, We did this ourselves.
Lao-tsu, Tao Te Ching, ch. 17
If one has
sinned against Heaven, there is no one to pray to.
Confucius, Analects, 3.13
Fan Chi asked
about the meaning of humanity. The Master replied: To love
Confucius, Analects, 12.22
man extends his love for those he loves to those he does not love.
Mencius 7B, 1
aged of your own family in a manner befitting their venerable
age and extend this treatment to the aged of other families. Treat
your own young in a manner befitting their tender age and extend
this to the young of other families.
Mencius, 1A, 7
As for the
wise, when they aspire to wealth, they acquire it by honest and
in all things; do not be overzealous - adopt moderation as your
Confucius, Analects, 4.2
Confucius, Analects, 6.29
is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in
the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order
in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be
peace in the world.
religions [Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism] become one.
inscription on a stele at the Shaolin
Monastery, Henan Province, China