Famous quotes & quotations by Confucius

Famous quotes & quotations by Confucius

Confucius, Chinese Philosopher, Born 551 BC.

Famous quotes & quotations by Confucius


“You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear. ” – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“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 quotes

 

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

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

 

“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.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“When superiors are fond of showing their humanity, inferiors try to outstrip one another in their practice of it.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war”  – Confucius quotes

 

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals; adjust the action steps. ” – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are something to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honors are something to be ashamed of.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

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

 

“What is the sound of one hand clapping” – Confucius quotes

 

“Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they be obtained in the right way they may not be possessed. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“Virtue is not solitary; it is bound to have neighbors ” – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“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 quotes

 

“Tsze-Kung asked, saying, is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?'' The Master said, ''Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius quotes

 

“To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“To govern is to correct. If you set an example by being correct, who would dare remain incorrect? ” – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things ” – Confucius quotes

 

“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.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“There is good government when those who are near are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“There are three things to beware of through life: when a man is young, let him beware of his appetites; when he is middle-aged, of his passions; and when old, of covetousness, especially.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall to-day be uppermost. ” – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“The way of Heaven and Earth may be completely declared in one sentence: They are without any doubleness, and so they produce things in a manner that is unfathomable.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“The virtuous will be sure to speak uprightly; but those whose speech is upright may not be virtuous.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“The superior man…does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“The superior man, while his parents are alive, reverently nourishes them; and, when they are dead, reverently sacrifices to them. His thought to the end of his life is how not to disgrace them.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

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

 

“The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest success only comes later.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.”  – 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 quotes

 

“The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“The sun and moon shine on all without partiality.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“The small man thinks that small acts of goodness are of no benefit, and does not do them; and that small deeds of evil do no harm, and does not refrain from them. Hence, his wickedness becomes so great that it cannot be concealed, and his guilt so great that it cannot be pardoned.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“The object of the superior man is truth.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. ” – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“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 quotes

 

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“The man of wisdom is never of two minds;the man of benevolence never worries;the man of courage is never afraid.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“The inner nature of man is the province of music.” – Confucius quotes

 

“The gentleman understands rightousness, the petty man understands interest. .”  – Confucius quotes

 

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“The funniest people are the saddest ones”  – Confucius quotes

 

“The first woman was created from the rib of a man. She was not made from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal to him. ” – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“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 quotes

 

“The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. ” – Confucius quotes

 

“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“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 quotes

 

“The cautious seldom err.” – Confucius quotes

 

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”  – Confucius quotes

 

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

 

“Sincerity is the way of heaven.”  – Confucius quotes

 

“Silence is the true friend that never betrays.”  – Confucius quotes

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