Confucius Quotes

- Notable Confucius Quotes Index -

Born: 551 BC,
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Died: , 479 BC

1.
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
- Confucius

2.
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

3.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- Confucius

4.
Death and life have their determined appointments riches and honors depend upon heaven.
- Confucius

5.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

6.
Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
- Confucius

7.
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

8.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
- Confucius

9.
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
- Confucius

10.
Heaven means to be one with God.
- Confucius

11.
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing meI will be concerned at my own want of ability.
- Confucius

12.
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

13.
If we don't know life, how can we know death?
- Confucius

14.
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

15.
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

16.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
- Confucius

17.
Learning without thought is labor lost thought without learning is perilous.
- Confucius

18.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

19.
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
- Confucius

20.
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

21.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
- Confucius

22.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

23.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

24.
Speak the truth, do not yield to anger give, if thou art asked for little by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
- Confucius

25.
Study the past, if you would divine the future.
- Confucius

26.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
- Confucius

27.
The cautious seldom err.
- Confucius

28.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
- Confucius

29.
The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them they change and everyone looks up to them.
- Confucius

30.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
- Confucius

31.
The object of the superior man is truth.
- Confucius

32.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
- Confucius

33.
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

34.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest success only comes later.
- Confucius

35.
The superior man understands what is right the inferior man understands what will sell.
- Confucius

36.
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

37.
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
- Confucius

38.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
- Confucius

39.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
- Confucius

40.
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.
- Confucius

41.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
- Confucius

42.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
- Confucius

43.
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

44.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
- Confucius

45.
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
- Confucius

46.
You cannot open a book without learning something.
- Confucius

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