Confucius Quotes

Kong Fuzi, often known by his Latinized name Confucius, emerged as a philosopher during the Spring and Autumn period in China. Revered as the embodiment of wisdom among Chinese sages, Confucius’s teachings and philosophical ideas continue to form the bedrock of East Asian culture and societal norms, maintaining their lasting impact throughout China and the broader East Asian region. Wikipedia

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” ~ Confucius

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

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ~ Confucius

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

“The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.” ~ Confucius

“How transcendent is the virtue of the middle conduct! Rare for a long time has been its practice among the people.” ~ Confucius

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

“Study the past, if you would divine the future.” ~ Confucius

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

“To understand yourself is the key to wisdom.” ~ Confucius

“To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” ~ 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

“If the gentleman is not serious, he will not be respected, and his learning will not be on a firm foundation. He considers loyalty and faithfulness to be fundamental, has no friends who are not like him, and when he has made mistakes, he is not afraid of correcting them.” ~ 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

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius

“To lead uninstructed people to war is to throw them away.” ~ Confucius

“He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” ~ Confucius

“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.” ~ Confucius

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

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

“Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.” ~ Confucius

“I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.” ~ Confucius

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

“The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.” ~ Confucius

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

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

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

“The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.” ~ Confucius

“Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.” ~ Confucius

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” ~ Confucius

“True goodness springs from a man’s own heart. All men are born good.” ~ Confucius

“No matter how busy you make think you are you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” ~ Confucius

“The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.” ~ Confucius

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” ~ Confucius

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

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

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

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

“When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.” ~ Confucius

“There is nothing more visible than what is secret, and nothing more manifest than what is minute.” ~ Confucius

“If a man in the morning hear the right way, he may die in the evening without regret.” ~ Confucius

“Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.” ~ Confucius

“Sincerity is that whereby self-completion is effected, and its way is that by which man must direct himself.” ~ Confucius

“One joy dispels a hundred cares.” ~ Confucius

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

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.” ~ Confucius

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

“They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.” ~ Confucius

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

“Good people strengthen themselves ceaselessly.” ~ Confucius

“I’d rather die for speaking out, than to live and be silent.” ~ 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

“When the multitude detests a man, inquiry is necessary; when the multitude likes a man, inquiry is equally necessary.” ~ Confucius

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~ Confucius

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

“Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it.” —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 true gentleman does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.” ~ Confucius

“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” ~ Confucius

“Anyone can find the switch after the lights are on.” ~ Confucius

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

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” ~ Confucius

“Words are the voice of the heart.” ~ Confucius

“It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.” ~ Confucius

“A man of wisdom delights in water.” ~ Confucius

“Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish.” ~ Confucius

“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.” ~ Confucius

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

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

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

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

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” ~ Confucius

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” ~ Confucius

“Knowing something is not as good as liking it. Liking something is not as good as rejoicing in it.” ~ 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

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

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” ~ Confucius

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

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.” ~ Confucius

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

“Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.” ~ Confucius

“Sincerity is the way of heaven.” ~ 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

“You are what you think.” ~ Confucius

“He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” ~ Confucius

“I slept and dreamt life is beauty, I woke and found life is duty.” ~ Confucius

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

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

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

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

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

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

“If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” ~ Confucius

“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.” ~ Confucius66. “A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?” ~ Confucius

“The object of the superior man is truth.” —Confucius

“I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it.” ~ Confucius

“The people may be made to follow a path of action but they may not be made to understand it.” ~ Confucius

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

“To love a thing means wanting it to live.” ~ Confucius

“Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.” ~ Confucius

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