Books: Timely Figure

When Confucius was sick and his disciples wanted to pray for him, the man by whose teachings 450 million Chinese live today said genially that it was unnecessary. "In this, the truest sense, he could say that his whole life had been a prayer," says Dr. Lionel Giles, most eloquent of Chinese scholars. "Therein lay his greatness. . . .

"Measured by results—the almost incalculably great and far-reaching consequences which followed tardily but irresistibly after he was gone—his life was one of the most successful ever lived by man. Three others, and only three,...

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