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Facts about Confucius
SummaryConfucius was a famous Philosopher from China, who lived between 551 BC and 479 BC.
Our collection contains 66 quotes who is written / told by Confucius, under the main topic Wisdom.
Here is some other popular authors who lived in the same timeframe: Euripides, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Herodotus, Heraclitus, Pericles, Protagoras, Anaxagoras, Empedocles, Themistocles
Famous quotes by Confucius (66)
"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"
"Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage"
"Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven"
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life"
"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps"
"Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire"
"Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors"
"To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness"
"To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness"
"The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large"
"The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue"
"The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them"
"The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools"
"The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most"
"Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure"
"Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous"
"It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them"
"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"
"Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, see to the (be?) worthy of being known"
"In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of"
"If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people"
"If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?"
"If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself"
"Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men"
"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"
"The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action"
"Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods"
"They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom"
"Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator"
"Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself"
"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence"
"The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort"
"The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions"
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?"
"When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself"
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall"
"I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me;I will be concerned at my own want of ability"
"I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being"
"He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good"
"He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger"
"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"
"Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs"