Confucius Famous Quotes

Confucius (551–479 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period who is traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages.

Here is a selection of some of Confucius most famous quotes. Confucius quotes, golden rule. Inspirational and motivational sayings on life, aging, happiness and love from Confucius. Quotes on education, success, work and wisdom by Confucius.

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


Confucius Famous Quotes and Sayings

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

一 Confucius


A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

一 Confucius


Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

一 Confucius


Study the past if you would define the future.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


The funniest people are the saddest ones.

一 Confucius


Don't do unto others what you don't want done unto you.

一 Confucius


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

一 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.

一 Confucius


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

一 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.

一 Confucius


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.―Confucius
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.―Confucius

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 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.

一 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.

一 Confucius


Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

一 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.

一 Confucius


To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

一 Confucius


Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

一 Confucius


The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


You cannot open a book without learning something.

一 Confucius


When a wise man points at the moon, the imbecile examines the finger.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


Time flows away like the water in the river.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 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.

一 Confucius


Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

一 Confucius


Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.

一 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.

一 Confucius


A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


Have no friends not equal to yourself.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

一 Confucius


When a wise man points at the moon, the imbecile examines the finger.―Confucius
When a wise man points at the moon, the imbecile examines the finger.―Confucius

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


An orchid in a deep forest sends out its fragrance even if no one is around to appreciate it.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath.

一 Confucius


The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


The Master said; If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment.

一 Confucius


Behind every smile there's teeth.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


The Master said; A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.

一 Confucius


When the wind blows, the grass bends.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


He who knows and knows that he knows, is a wise man - follow him. He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, he is a fool - shun him.

一 Confucius


If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.

一 Confucius


Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.

一 Confucius


A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.

一 Confucius


Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.

一 Confucius


Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.

一 Confucius


Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.

一 Confucius


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

一 Confucius


The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.

一 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.

一 Confucius


If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations. When there is order in the nations, there will peace in the world.

一 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?

一 Confucius


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