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Confucius is also a character in theLieh-tzu and Chuang-tzu (the homonymous works) that illustrate the Taoist doctrine which is in fact opposite of the Confucian one. In this respect, here is what Ssu-ma Ch'ien - the historian of the Chinese antiquity - wrote about Confucians and Taoists:
Those who attach themselves to the doctrine of Lao-Tze condemn that of the Literati (aka Confucians), and the Literati on their part condemn Lao-Tze, verifying the saying, "Parties whose principles are different can not take counsel together." (From Historical records)
A dialogue between Confucius and one of his disciples about meditation, written by Chuang-tzu in a Taoist environment, shows us the obvious differences between Confucianism and Taoism.
Finally, the historical meeting of Confucius and Lao-tzu is the occasion of confrontation of the two sages and their views on the rites.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
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