Confucius Quotes

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Confucius Quotes and Saying: Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. Confucius

If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake. Confucius

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Confucius

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Confucius

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. Confucius

Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean. Confucius

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are. Confucius

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. Confucius

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Confucius

To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. Confucius

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Confucius

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius

There are three things to beware of through life: when a man is young, let him beware of his appetites; when he is middle-aged, of his passions; and when old, of covetousness, especially. Confucius

Roads were made for journeys, not destinations. Confucius

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. Confucius

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions. Confucius

A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top. Confucius

Study the past, if you would divine the future. Confucius

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. Confucius

Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes. Confucius

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star. Confucius

Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object? Confucius

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius

Don’t do unto others what you don’t want done unto you. Confucius

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart. Confucius

Words are the voice of the heart. Confucius

If you try to do too much, you will not achieve anything. Confucius

I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. Confucius

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? Confucius

Ah, music, sacred tongue of God! I hear thee calling and I come. Confucius

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has. Confucius

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Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society. Confucius

He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed. Confucius

Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. Confucius

To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content. Confucius

Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety. Confucius

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius

A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top. Confucius

If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. Confucius

He who will not economize will have to agonize. Confucius

To see the right and not to do it is cowardice. Confucius

You can successfully force people to follow a certain course, but you cannot force them to understand it. Confucius

A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words. Confucius

Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius, The Sayings of Confucius

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius

To be able, under all circumstances, to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue. These five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius

When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius

Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may overlook it. Confucius

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. Confucius

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Confucius, Confucius: The Analects

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius

The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, ‘I shall today be uppermost. Confucius

The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live. Confucius

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. Confucius

The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method? Confucius

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. Confucius

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

Study the past if you would define the future. Confucius

To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius

To be wronged is nothing—unless you continue to remember it. Confucius

Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Confucius

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Confucius

The funniest people are the saddest ones. Confucius

To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle. Confucius

Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Confucius

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. Confucius

Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. Confucius

Anyone can find the switch after the lights are on. Confucius

The object of the superior man is truth. Confucius

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. Confucius

To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it. Confucius

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. Confucius

What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others. Confucius

Respect yourself and others will respect you. Confucius, Sayings of Confucius

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is sure to be failure. Confucius

The parents’ age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety. Confucius

A man of wisdom delights in water. Confucius

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. Confucius

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. Confucius

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. Confucius

There are three degrees of filial piety. The highest is being a credit to our parents, the second is not disgracing them, the lowest is being able simply to support them. Confucius

Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it. Confucius

Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance. Confucius

When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points. Confucius

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Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart. Confucius

First, there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then, this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom. Only then can you have peace and harmony. Confucius

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. Confucius

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius

To understand yourself is the key to wisdom. Confucius

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. Confucius

You cannot open a book without learning something. Confucius

Sincerity is the way of heaven. Confucius

Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others. Confucius

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. Confucius

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Confucius

First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom. Only then can you have peace and harmony. Confucius

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved. Confucius

A lack of patience in trifling matters might lead to the disruption of great project. Confucius

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius

The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat. Confucius

Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs. Confucius

Straight-forwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness. Confucius

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. Confucius, The Book of Rites

Do not let a leader lead you on a bad path. Confucius

Love is like a spice. It can sweeten your life – however, it can spoil it, too. Confucius

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. Confucius

Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life. Confucius

The true gentleman does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches. Confucius

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge. Confucius

It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great. Confucius

The cautious seldom err. Confucius

We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one. Confucius

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Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius

Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things. Confucius

A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies. Confucius

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius

The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step. Confucius

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius

It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs. Confucius

Have no friends not equal to yourself. Confucius

Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it. Confucius

Learn avidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently. Confucius

I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand. Confucius

The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid. Confucius

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. Confucius

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius

Base yourself in loyalty and trust. Don’t be a companion with those who are not your moral equal. When you make a mistake, don’t hesitate to correct it. Confucius

Heaven means to be one with God. Confucius

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius

He who learns but does not think is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Confucius

When a person should be spoken with, and you don’t speak with them, you lose them. When a person shouldn’t be spoken with and you speak to them, you waste your breath. The wise do not lose people, nor do they waste their breath. Confucius

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Confucius

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. Confucius

The man who says he can, and the man who says he can not are both correct. Confucius

One joy dispels a hundred cares. Confucius

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. Confucius

To love a thing means wanting it to live. Confucius

If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent. Confucius

A superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions. Confucius

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