• I was born the son of a poor nobleman.
  • At the age of 15 I began work as a public servant in charge of grain stores.
  • After the death of my mother I returned home and mourned her for three years, as was the custom.
  • I then began studying the ancient history and literature of my country.
  • I later became a teacher and philosopher.
  • My teachings are still referred to centuries after my death.

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