Confucius ( kən-FEW-shəs; 551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period.
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Life leads the thoughtful man on
a path of many windings.
Now the course is checked,
now it runs straight again.
Here winged thoughts may pour
freely forth in words,
There the heavy burden of knowledge
must be shut away in
But when two people are at one
in their inmost hearts,
They shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze.
And when two people understand
each other in their inmost hearts,
Their words are sweet and strong,
like the fragrance of orchids.