551 BC - 479 BC

141 Greatest Quotes By Confucius

An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity. Confucius
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius
Being strong does not mean that you never fall down, but that whenever you fall, you get up again. Confucius
You cannot open a book without learning something. Confucius
Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius
To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it. Confucius
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius
There is only one thing in life which never changes, and it is change. Confucius
If your desire is for good, the people will be good. Confucius
Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God. Confucius
A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace. Confucius
Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Confucius
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. Confucius
One who never anticipates deceit or expects duplicity, and yet is the first to recognize such things – is that not a sage indeed? Confucius
To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. Confucius
Do not worry if others do not understand you. Instead worry if you do not understand others. Confucius
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
Poor food and water for dinner, a bent arm for a pillow – that is where joy resides. For me, wealth and renown without honor are nothing but drifting clouds. Confucius
A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others. Confucius
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. Confucius
If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. 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
He who cannot describe the problem will never find the solution to that problem. Confucius
When I am with others, they are my teachers. I can select their good points and follow them, and select their bad points and avoid them. Confucius
There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life -reciprocity. Confucius
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. Confucius
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Confucius
Reading without thinking will confuse you.Thinking without reading will place you in danger. Confucius
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Confucius
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more. Confucius
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. Confucius
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
We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living. Confucius
Everyone eats and drinks; yet only few appreciate the taste of food. Confucius
We should not be too familiar with the lower orders or with women. Confucius
Never tire to study. And to teach to others. Confucius
A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him. Confucius
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Confucius
Just as lavishness leads easily to presumption, so does frugality to meanness. But meanness is a far less serious fault than presumption. Confucius
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius
How can you love people without encouraging them? And how can you be loyal to people without educating them. Confucius
I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet. Confucius
Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach. Confucius
I am not concerned that I am not known; I seek to be worthy to be known. Confucius
Give me a few more years so that I am studying at fifty, and surely I may avoid major errors. Confucius
Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire. Confucius
When everyone hates a person, you should investigate thoroughly, and when everyone loves a person, you should also investigate thoroughly. Confucius