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The Golden Rule

by Russell Freedman

illustrated by Frédéric Clément

Reviewed December 6, 2003.
Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic Press), New York, 2002.  48 pages.
Available on for $11.17 in hardcover.
Available at Sembach Library (J MCN 181 FRE).

This is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated account of the story of the life of Confucius.  I had no idea that he was more a political teacher than a religious one.  He spoke up for the idea that a ruler must have the consent of his people long before that idea was popular in the west.  Indeed, it was not popular with Chinese rulers, either.

This is an interesting and informative book, explaining what we know about Confucius and his life, and sprinkled with some of his wise sayings.

“An exemplary person should be slow to speak yet quick to act.”

“Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.”

“I am fortunate indeed.  Whenever I make a mistake, there is always someone to notice it.”  (Did you ever feel like that?)

Review of another book by Russell Freedman:
The Voice that Challenged a Nation:  Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equality

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