Confucius Quotes

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All quotes by Confucius: Achievement Acting Adversity Affairs Affection Age Anger Anxiety Appearance Army Art Attitude Being Happy Benevolence Birds Blame Books Boundaries Bravery Business Caring Change Character Charity Children Compassion Country Courage Crime Culture Dance Darkness Desire Determination Difficulty Dignity Doubt Duty Earth Economy Education Effort Enemies Ethics Evil Excellence Exercise Expectations Failing Failure Faith Family Fathers Fear Feelings Focus Forgiveness Friends Friendship Funny Generosity Giving Giving Up Goals Goodness Graduation Gratitude Greatness Growth Happiness Hardship Harmony Hate Heart Heaven Helping Others Hills Home Honesty Honor House Human Nature Humanity Humility Ignorance Injury Inspiration Inspirational Inspiring Integrity Intelligence Journey Joy Judging Justice Karma Kindness Knowledge Labor Language Leadership Learning Life Lifetime Literacy Losing Love Loyalty Lying Making A Difference Martial Arts Math Military Mistakes Modesty Monday Money Moon Morality Morning Mothers Motivation Motivational Mountain Music Neighbors Not Giving Up Office Opportunity Overcoming Parents Passion Past Peace Perfection Perseverance Persistence Philosophy Planning Pleasure Politicians Positive Positive Thinking Positivity Poverty Pride Progress Prosperity Purpose Quality Reading Reflection Regret Resentment Respect Responsibility Revenge Rice Righteousness Running Sacrifice Science Self Awareness Shame Silence Simplicity Sincerity Son Sorrow Soul Spring Students Study Success Taoism Teachers Teaching Time Today True Friends True Love Truth Understanding Virtue Waiting War Warrior Water Wealth Winning Wisdom Work Worry Yoga Youth more...
  • When the wind blows,the grass bends.

    David L. Hall, Confucius, Roger T. Ames (1987). “Thinking Through Confucius”, p.169, SUNY Press
  • The great mountain must collapse, the mighty beam must break and the wise man wither like a plant.

    Men  
  • Listen much, keep silent when in doubt, and always take heed of the tongue; thou wilt make few mistakes. See much, beware of pitfalls, and always give heed to thy walk; thou wilt have little to rue. If thy words are seldom wrong, thy deeds leave little to rue, pay will follow.

    Confucius (1909). “The Sayings of Confucius”
  • If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness.

  • The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.

  • Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone might be looking. Hear and you forget, see and you remember, do and you understand.

  • The gentleman holds justice to be of highest importance. If a gentleman has courage but neglects justice, he becomes insurgent. If an inferior man has courage but neglects justice, he becomes a thief.

    Men  
  • If the people are governed by laws and punishment is used to maintain order, they will try to avoid the punishment but have no sense of shame. If they are governed by virtue and rules of propriety are used to maintain order, they will have a sense of shame and will become good as well.

  • When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.

  • I could see peace instead of this.

  • The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does the reverse. . . . The nobler sort of man pays special attention to nine points. He is anxious to see clearly, to hear distinctly, to be kindly in his looks, respectful in his demeanor, conscientious in his speech, earnest in his affairs. When in doubt, he is careful to inquire; when in anger, he thinks of the consequences; when offered an opportunity for gain, he thinks only of his duty.

    Men  
  • In teaching there should be no distinction of classes.

    Confucius (2013). “Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean”, p.305, Courier Corporation
  • You can successfully force people to follow a certain course, but you cannot force them to understand it.

  • 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 (2013). “Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean”, p.253, Courier Corporation
  • The superior person tries to promote music as a means to the perfection of human culture. When such music prevails, and people's minds are led towards the right ideals and aspirations, we may see the appearance of a great nation.

    Confucius, Qian Sima (1938). “The wisdom of Confucius”, Modern Library
  • Not to converse with a man worthy of conversation is to waste the man. To converse with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. The wise waste neither men nor words.

    Men  
    "Lun yü in Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil".
  • Do not worry about not holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role. Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.

    "The Best of Confucius".
  • place where man laughs, sings, picks flowers, chases butterflies and pets birds, makes love with maidens, and plays with children. Here he spontaneously reveals his nature, the base as well as the noble. Here also he buries his sorrows and difficulties and cherishes his ideals and hopes. It is in the garden that men discover themselves. Indeed one discovers not only his real self but also his ideal self?he returns to his youth. Inevitably the garden is made the scene of man's merriment, escapades, romantic abandonment, spiritual awakening or the perfection of his finer self.

  • Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness and yet live, his escape from death is mere good fortune.

    Confucius (2013). “Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean”, p.190, Courier Corporation
  • Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.

  • The object of the superior man is truth.

    Confucius (2005). “The Ethics of Confucius”, p.3, Cosimo, Inc.
  • He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.

    Confucius (2013). “Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean”, p.145, Courier Corporation
  • In a hamlet of ten households, there are bound to be those who are my equal in doing their best for others and in being trustworthy in what they say, but they are unlikely to be as eager to learn as I am.

    Confucius (1979). “Lunyu”
  • The Master said, "To study, and then in a timely fashion to practice what you have learned - is this not satisfying? To have companions arrive from afar - is this not a joy? To remain unrecognized by others and yet remain free of resentment - is this not the mark of the gentleman?"

    "The Analects". Book by Confucius (Book One, Section 1.1),
  • If a man sets his heart on benevolence he will be free from evil.

    Confucius (1979). “Lunyu”
  • When superiors are fond of showing their humanity, inferiors try to outstrip one another in their practice of it.

    Confucius (1967). “Li chi: book of rites: An encyclopedia of ancient ceremonial usages, religious creeds, and social institutions”
  • Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it.

  • We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression; the heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any

    Men  
  • The Master said, “What a worthy man was Yan Hui! Living in a narrow alley, subsisting upon meager bits of rice and water—other people could not have borne such hardship, and yet it never spoiled Hui’s joy. What a worthy man was Hui!” (Analects 6.11)

    Men  
  • There are three friendships which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Friendship with the upright; friendship with the sincere; and friendship with the man of much observation: these are advantageous. Friendship with the man of specious airs; friendship with the insinuatingly soft; and friendship with the glib-tongued: these are injurious.

    Men  
    Confucius (2013). “Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean”, p.311, Courier Corporation
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    Confucius quotes about: Achievement Acting Adversity Affairs Affection Age Anger Anxiety Appearance Army Art Attitude Being Happy Benevolence Birds Blame Books Boundaries Bravery Business Caring Change Character Charity Children Compassion Country Courage Crime Culture Dance Darkness Desire Determination Difficulty Dignity Doubt Duty Earth Economy Education Effort Enemies Ethics Evil Excellence Exercise Expectations Failing Failure Faith Family Fathers Fear Feelings Focus Forgiveness Friends Friendship Funny Generosity Giving Giving Up Goals Goodness Graduation Gratitude Greatness Growth Happiness Hardship Harmony Hate Heart Heaven Helping Others Hills Home Honesty Honor House Human Nature Humanity Humility Ignorance Injury Inspiration Inspirational Inspiring Integrity Intelligence Journey Joy Judging Justice Karma Kindness Knowledge Labor Language Leadership Learning Life Lifetime Literacy Losing Love Loyalty Lying Making A Difference Martial Arts Math Military Mistakes Modesty Monday Money Moon Morality Morning Mothers Motivation Motivational Mountain Music Neighbors Not Giving Up Office Opportunity Overcoming Parents Passion Past Peace Perfection Perseverance Persistence Philosophy Planning Pleasure Politicians Positive Positive Thinking Positivity Poverty Pride Progress Prosperity Purpose Quality Reading Reflection Regret Resentment Respect Responsibility Revenge Rice Righteousness Running Sacrifice Science Self Awareness Shame Silence Simplicity Sincerity Son Sorrow Soul Spring Students Study Success Taoism Teachers Teaching Time Today True Friends True Love Truth Understanding Virtue Waiting War Warrior Water Wealth Winning Wisdom Work Worry Yoga Youth