list of Confucius Quotes

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Confucius was an influential Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure known for his popular aphorisms and for his models of social interaction. He had a unique and deep way of playing with words. We are feeling proud to present you a list of Confucius Quotes about life and wisdom. Hopefully, his words will inspire you to change and to live a better life.
Enjoy reading following few of the greatest Confucius Quotes.

Confucius Quotes about love, life, and wisdom

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

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

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

“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”

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

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

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
“The funniest people are the saddest ones.”

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

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

“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”

“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.”

“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.”


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

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

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

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

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”

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

“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”

“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.”


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

“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”
“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”
“If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.”
“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”
“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”

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

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

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”
“A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.”
“Do unto others what you want done unto you.”


“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. ”

“To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”

“To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.”

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.”

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”

“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”

“Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.”

“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.”
“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”

“The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.”

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
“The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct”
“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”

“True wisdom is knowing what you don’t know”

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

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

“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”
“If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?”

“Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.”

“Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.”

“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.”

“You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it’s drawn from its sheath”
“The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.”
“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.”
“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”
“If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be ‘thoughtfulness.”
“If you don’t want to do something, don’t impose on others”

“The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it.”

“They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.”
“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.”
“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”
“A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, in desiring attaining himself, helps others to attain.”

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

“Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.”
“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.”

“Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar.”

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


“The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.”
“Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”
“He who flatters a man is his enemy. he who tells him of his faults is his maker.”

“Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.”

“Your life is what your thoughts make it.”
“Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.”
“The expectations of life depend upon diligence the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. ”

“A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard.”

“A man without persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician.”


“If either wealth or poverty are come by honesty, there is no shame.”

“Anyone can find the switch after the lights are on.”

“If I understand Change, I shall make no great mistake in Life”
“Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.”
“As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.”
“Return good for good; return evil with justice.”

“If your desire is for good, the people will be good.”

“Where words lose their meaning, people lose their lives.”

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

“I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.”
“Men do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills.”
“Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.”
“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.”
“No matter how busy you make think you are you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance”

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