13 Ancient Chinese Secrets from Confucius on How to Live a Good Life

China is a cradle of ancient civilisation, currently the world’s most populous country with 1.35 billion people living across its vast and diverse landscape and for the last 2,500 years, Confucius has been its greatest teacher.

Born in the year 551BC, 500 years before Jesus Christ allegedly showed up, Confucius was a great thinker, teacher, philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. Less a religion, more a way of life, Confucius’ teachings followed a strict moral and ethical code that is followed by many Chinese people to this day.

Read on for 13 ancient Chinese secrets from Confucius himself on how to live a good life.

  • Confucius said it first, Confucius said it best. This is the Golden Rule of Confucianism

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  • Five steps to virtue is better than twelve. Rén is the virtue of perfectly fulfilling ones responsibilities towards others.

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  • History repeats itself.

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  • Wait, wasn’t this Batman’s dad?

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  • Self-cultivation is the most important thing.

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  • Governments of the world, take note.

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  • Trust first, seek revenge later. Or something like that.

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  • Rise above it, girl.

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  • Motivational speaking, Confucius-style.

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  • You’ve got to live it to know it.

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  • R.E.S.P.E.C.T

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  • Always do the right thing for the right reason. This is the principle of yì.

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  • It’s okay not to know as long as you know that you don’t know, you know?

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