an excellent summary of the man.
Despite the recent Chinese proverb "Confucius say too much", we will pay homage with a few choice quotes:
<Confucius> The Superior Man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing.
<Confucius> To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.
<Confucius> Yu [a disciple], shall I teach you about knowledge? What you know, you know, what you don't know, you don't know. This is true wisdom.
<Confucius> If I hear the Way [of truth] in the morning, I am content even to die in that evening.
<Confucius> The cautious seldom err.
<Confucius> The wise find pleasure in water; the virtuous find pleasure in hills. The wise are active; the virtuous are tranquil.The wise are joyful; the virtuous are long-lived.
<Confucius> Things have their root and their branches. Affairs have their end and their beginning. To know what is first and what is last will lead near to what is taught in the Great Learning.