Confucius Quotes

The following are the wise quotes that Confucius was known for:

“Pearls of Wisdom” 
Quotes by Confucius

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

After all I have no nationality and am not anxious to claim any. Individuality is more than nationality.

A good man does not give orders, but leads by example.

All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

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

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

Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

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.

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

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Expect much from yourself and little from others and you will avoid incurring resentments.

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

Heaven means to be one with God.

He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

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

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

I am not bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others.

If good men were to govern a country for a hundred years, they could overcome cruelty and do away with killing.

If we don’t know life, how can we know death?

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

If you reflect within yourself and find nothing to be ashamed of, how could you have anxiety or fear.

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.

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

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

Is goodness indeed so far away? If we really wanted goodness, we should find that it was at our very side.

It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.

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

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works.

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

Knowing is not as good as loving; loving is not as good as enjoying.

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

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

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

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

Put faithfulness and truth first; have no friends unlike thyself; be not ashamed to mend thy faults.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance.

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays

Study the past if you would define the future.

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

The ancient scholars studied for their own improvement. Modern scholars study to impress others.

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them

The perfecting of one’s self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

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

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.

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.

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

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.

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

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.

To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

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

To know your faults and be able to change is the greatest virtue.

To love a thing means wanting it to live.

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

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

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

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

What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

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.

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

When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

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

When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Wisdom delights in water; love delights in hills. Wisdom is stirring; love is quiet.

Wisdom is merry; love grows old.

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

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