CONFUCIUS (551 or 552-479 bc), the Chinese philosopher and educator, is one of the most important individuals in Chinese history, and one of the most influential figures in world history. Famous for his philosophy, he made many wise sayings in ancient China that helped many people learns about nature, the world, and the human behavior.
The following are some unpopular but interesting information about him.
1. Confucius was an illegitimate child, or a child born out of wedlock.
2. Confucius wasn't always a philosopher. At age 16 he was a corn inspector.
3. Like other great men, Confucius practiced fasting. When fasting in preparation for sacrifice he must wear the Bright Robe, and it must be of linen.
4. Confucius must change his food and also the place where he commonly sits. He does not object to his rice being thoroughly cleaned, nor to his meat being finely minced.
5. In bed he avoided lying in the posture of a corpse.
6. Confucius lost his father when he was three years old, and then his mother Yan Zhengzai took him and left the fiefdom because as a concubine, she wanted to avoid mistreatment from Shulianghe's formal wife.
7. Confucius lived in poverty with his mother since childhood.
8. When he was 23, his mother died. This had a profound impact upon Confucius. For 3 years he lived in solitude and mourned the passing of his mother. He dedicated these 3 years to philosophical study.
9. Confucius married a young woman who was from the Qiguan family of the Song state. Though Confucius had a mild tempered wife who loved him, he left his family to strive for his ideals.
10. In 518 B.C.E., he is said to have met the famous teacher Lao Tzu (sixth century B.C.E.), who is reported to have bluntly criticized Confucius for his stuffiness and arrogance - a lesson he appears to have taken seriously.
11. Confucius presents himself as a "transmitter who invented nothing".
12. Confucius, himself, is credited by the tradition with having taught altogether three thousand students, though only seventy are said to have truly mastered the arts he cherished.
13. Confucius' disciples and his only grandson, Zisi, continued his philosophical school after his death.
14. Today, the site of his final resting place houses the beautiful K'ung Forest.
15. One of the quotations he left which is useful to those who are looking for a career is this admonition: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”