Confucius was so named by the Jesuit missionaires who came to China. The founder of Confucianiam's real name was Kung Fu-tze. Confucius had a love for learning and opened his own school where all who came to learn were accepted. Confucius taught personal conduct, and governmental policy that promoted love, wisdom, respect, and sincerity. Confucius believed that a ruler could not rule well through mere policy, but had to set a good example through his life for his people. All human beings, however, should strive to love one another, respect one another, practise self-control, attend worship, and honor their ancestors.
Confucius left behind little writings of his own but his followers collected his sayings into books. It is these sayings that most identify Confucianism and Confucian wisdom.