|The Buddha, Lao-tzu, and Confucius by Seigan Hanai|
Many traditional societies have venerated the role of sage but perhaps none more clearly than the Chinese. The two formative philosophies of Chinese history, Taoism and Confucianism, each see the sage as the primary keeper and transmitter of wisdom, culture, values, and spirituality.
in the Introduction to his work
The Sage's Tao Te Ching