CheckPoint: Eastern Religious Philosopher Quotations
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha - "Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship." o
I chose this quote because Siddhartha devoted his life to find balance and clarification. He grew up with wealth and being shielded from human suffering, and wanted to search for something deeper. This quote shows that he found something deeper from the materialistic life he led early on (s9.com, 2009).
Lao Tzu – “To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.” o
Tzu believed that even the wisest of humans is still ignorant, and this quote reflects that thought process. He was very interested in how we should live and different ways that a good society is governed. This quote reminds us that we can always be open to learning and discovering even when we think we have mastered something (Axia College, 2008).
Chuang Tzu –"Do the clouds make rain? Or is it the rain that makes the clouds? What makes it descend so copiously? o
Tzu believed that life was temporary and that pursuing wealth was acting in vein and foolish. He felt that this pursuit distracted a person from truly seeing the world and its meaning. Tzu wanted to look at nature from a different perspective, and by asking the questions in his quote enabled a deeper look into this idea (Chebucto, n.d.). Confucious – “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others”
Confucious taught that to establish one’s own humane character was important and could be done by following positive role models from the past. People can always better themselves through learning and servicing others. It makes sense that a man who believes these principles would quote such a simplistic, yet profound statement (Axia College, 2008).
Mencius -“With proper nourishment and care, everything grows, whereas without proper nourishment and care, everything decay” o
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References: Axia College. (2008). Eastern Influences. Retrieved from Axia College, PHI105 - Introduction to Philosophy website.
Bookrags. (2005-2006). Hsün-tzu Biography. Retrieved from http://www.bookrags.com/biography/hsun- tzu/
Chebucto. (n.d.). Chuang Tzu: The Next Voice. Retrieved from http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Philosophy/Taichi/chuang.html
s9.com. (2009). Siddhartha Gautama. Retrieved from http://www.s9.com/Biography/Buddha
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