Confucius Quotes

Confucius Quotes

Confucius Quotes

“The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters. ” – Confucius

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. ” – Confucius

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

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

“Respect yourself and others will respect you. ” – Confucius

“The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete. ” – Confucius

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

“While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]?…While you do not know life, how can you know about death? ” – Confucius

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. ” – Confucius

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

“You cannot open a book without learning something. ” – Confucius

“Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue. ” – Confucius

“The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved. ” – Confucius

“I hear and I forget. I see and I believe. I do and I understand. ” – Confucius

“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. ” – Confucius

“To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue…[They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. ” – Confucius

“With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow – I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud. ” – Confucius

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

“The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance. ” – Confucius

“He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed. ” – Confucius

“They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. ” – Confucius

“I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. ” – Confucius

“The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. ” – Confucius

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

“Humankind differs from the animals only by a little, and most people throw that away. ” – Confucius

“The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration. ” – Confucius

“Study the past if you would define the future. ” – Confucius

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” – Confucius

“The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends – such a man may be reckoned a complete man. ” – Confucius

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

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

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. ” – 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 superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. ” – Confucius

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

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

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. ” – Confucius

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. ” – Confucius

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

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. ” – Confucius

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

“There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth…lust. When he is strong…quarrelsomeness. When he is old…covetousness. ” – Confucius

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

“Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. ” – Confucius

“To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle. ” – Confucius

“Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. ” – Confucius

“If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand ” – Confucius

“Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. ” – Confucius

“Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand. ” – Confucius

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

“The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. ” – Confucius

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

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ” – Confucius

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

“A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present? ” – Confucius

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

“Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established. ” – Confucius


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