Confucian Virtues

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Confucius taught these virtues which a person should practice every day to live a healthy, harmonious life: 

 

Ren i s the virtue of benevolence, charity, and humanity; 

 

Yi , of honesty and uprightness;  Yì may be broken down into zhong, doing one's best, conscientiousness, loyalty;

 

Shu , reciprocity, altruism, consideration of others, and Confucius' early version of the Golden Rule: " What you don't want yourself, don't do to others."  

 

Zhi , knowledge;

 

Xin , the virtue of faithfulness and integrity. 


Li , correct behavior or propriety,   good manners, politeness, ceremony, & worship.

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