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100 great Confucius Quotes

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Kong Qiu (Chinese: 孔丘c. 551 – c. 479 BCE), generally known as Kongzi (孔子lit. ’Master Kong’) or Kong Fuzi (Chinese: 孔夫子) and commonly latinized to Confucius,was a Chinese philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period who is traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages.

Confucius’s teachings and philosophy underpin East Asian culture and society, and remain influential across China and East Asia to this day

His philosophical teachings, called Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity, as well as an emphasis on a ruler’s duty to their subjects


You are what you think.
The cautious seldom err.
One joy dispels a hundred cares.
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
The object of the superior man is truth.
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
To love a thing means wanting it to live.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Think of tomorrow, the past can’t be mended.
Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.
If we don’t know life, how can we know death?
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.
Roads were made for journeys not destinations.
Study the past if you would define the future.
Study the past if you would divine the future.
To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.
Study the past, if you would divine the future.
He who will not economize will have to agonize.
Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
All people are the same; only their habits differ.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to use it.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
You cannot open a book without learning something.
Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.
The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.
Anyone can find the switch after the lights are on.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.
The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.
Review the old and deducing the new makes a teacher.
Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
He who excels in study can follow an official career.
Behave toward everyone as if receiving a great guest.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.
Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.
If you don’t want to do something, don’t impose on others.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.
Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.
The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety.
Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
Isn’t it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned?
I slept and dreamt life is beauty, I woke and found life is duty.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of.
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.
Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.
A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.
By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.
They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.
I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.
Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
The man who says he can, and the man who says he can not… Are both correct.
Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.
To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.

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