Top 25 Quotes by Confucius

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

The best 25 Confucius quotations that will give you life lessons. Confucius's teachings and philosophy underpin East Asian culture and society, remaining influential across China and East Asia to this day.

Here are the top 25 quotes by Confucius that will inspire you with wisdom in life.



Top 25 wise and inspiring quotes by 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

  • “If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake”一Confucius

  • “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change”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

  • “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”一Confucius

  • “The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”一Confucius

  • “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”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

  • “It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs”一Confucius

  • “Study the past if you would define the future”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.―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

  • “The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat”一Confucius

  • “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”一Confucius

  • “The funniest people are the saddest ones”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

  • “Silence is a true friend who never betrays”一Confucius

  • “It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them”一Confucius

  • “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without”一Confucius

  • “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart”一Confucius

  • “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves”一Confucius

  • “Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others”一Confucius

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.―Confucius
Silence is a true friend who never betrays.―Confucius

  • “We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one”一Confucius

  • “He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions”一Confucius

  • “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it”一Confucius

  • “You cannot open a book without learning something”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

  • “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones”一Confucius

  • “Respect yourself and others will respect you”一Confucius

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

  • “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others”一Confucius

  • “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials”一Confucius

  • “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”一Confucius


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