68 Confucius Quotes

551 BC - 479 BC
A collection of Confucius quotes to inspire and motivate you. He was a Chinese teacher, and philosopher. His wisdom still applies to this day and he has inspired millions worldwide.

  1. Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. Confucius

  2. The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius
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  3. Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

  4. Don't complain about the snow on your neighbour's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. Confucius
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  5. If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. Confucius
  6. If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. Confucius

  7. Our greatest glory is not in never failing. . .but in raising every time we fall. Confucius

  8. They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius
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  9. If you enjoy what you do, you'll never work another day in your life. Confucius
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  10. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. Confucius
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  11. Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. Confucius

  12. Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius
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  13. Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. Confucius

  14. Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius
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  15. Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it. Confucius

  16. He who believes he can and he who believes he can't are both usually right. Confucius

  17. To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue: gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius

  18. Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius

  19. Heaven means to be one with God. Confucius

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

  21. They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius

  22. Words are the voice of the heart. Confucius
  23. Words are the voice of the heart. Confucius
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  24. What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. Confucius

  25. You can force the people to obey; you cannot force them to understand. Confucius
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  26. 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

  27. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius
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  28. The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions. Confucius

  29. If you expect great things of yourself and demand little of others, you'll keep resentment far away. Confucius
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  30. The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting. Confucius

  31. Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. Confucius

  32. Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it. Confucius

  33. When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius

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

  35. Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge. Confucius

  36. A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard. Confucius
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  37. He who searches for evil, must first look at his own reflection. Confucius
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  38. Not to discuss with a man worthy of conversation is to waste the man. To discuss with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. The wise waste neither men nor words. Confucius

  39. Writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas. Confucius

  40. The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Confucius

  41. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Confucius
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  42. The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. Confucius

  43. Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is sure to be failure. Confucius

  44. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. Confucius
  45. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. Confucius

  46. The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. Confucius
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  47. Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away. Confucius

  48. Don't worry if you have no position: worry about making yourself worthy of one. Confucius

  49. 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

  50. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. Confucius

  51. How can you love people without encouraging them? And how can you be loyal to people without educating them. Confucius

  52. All people are the same; only their habits differ. Confucius

  53. When respect is shown according to what is proper, one keeps far from shame and disgrace. Confucius

  54. Learn advidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently. Confucius
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  55. We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one. Confucius
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  56. Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude. Confucius
  57. Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude. Confucius

  58. Study the past if you would define the future. Confucius

  59. It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilitie s that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs. Confucius

  60. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius

  61. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Confucius

  62. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

  63. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius

  64. One joy dispels a hundred cares. Confucius
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  65. Even four harnessed horses cannot bring imprudent words back into the mouth. Confucius
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  66. 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

  67. Anyone can find the switch after the lights are on. Confucius
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  68. Walking among three people, I find my teacher among them. I choose that which is good in them and follow it, and that which is bad and change it. Confucius

  69. If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake. Confucius
  70. If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake. Confucius

  71. Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar. Confucius

  72. No matter how busy you may think you are you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. Confucius

  73. To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it. Confucius

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