A large Compilation of Confucius quotes on love,funny,wisdom,inspirational

A large Compilation of Confucius quotes on love,funny,wisdom,inspirational

A large Compilation of Confucius quotes on love,funny,wisdom,inspirational

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Confucius (551-479BC), or Kong Zi, was a thinker, political figure, educator, and founder of the Ru School (Confucian) of Chinese thought. 


“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  – Confucius quotes


“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.”  – Confucius quotes


“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. ” – Confucius quotes


“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”  – Confucius quotes


“A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present? ” – Confucius quotes


“Although your father and mother are dead, if you propose to yourself any good work, only reflect how it will make their names illustrious, and your purpose 

will be fixed.”  – Confucius quotes


“An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.”  – Confucius quotes


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


“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.” – Confucius quotes


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


“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”  – Confucius quotes


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


“By the ruler's cultivation of his own character there is set up the example of the course which all should pursue.”  – Confucius quotes


“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 quotes


“Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object? -Confucius. ” – Confucius quotes


“Ceremonies are the first thing to be attended to in the practice of government.”  – Confucius quotes


“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  – Confucius quotes


“Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. ” – Confucius quotes


“Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. 

Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. ” – Confucius quotes


“Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.”  – Confucius quotes


“Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito.”  – Confucius quotes


“Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.”  – Confucius quotes


“Don't be concerned others not appreciating you. Be concerned about your not appreciating others.”  – Confucius quotes


“Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety.”  – Confucius quotes


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


“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”  – Confucius quotes


“Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. ” – Confucius quotes


“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. ” – Confucius quotes


“From the loving example of one family a whole State may become loving, and from its courtesies, courteous; while from the ambition and perverseness of the 

one man the whole State may be thrown into rebellious disorder. Such is the nature of influence.”  – Confucius quotes


“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.”  – Confucius quotes


“Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.”  – Confucius quotes


“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”  – Confucius quotes


“He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.”  – Confucius quotes


“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.”  – 

Confucius quotes


“He who keeps danger in mind will rest safely in his seat. ” – Confucius quotes


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


“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”  – Confucius quotes


“He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.”  – Confucius quotes


“He who requires much from himself and little from others, will keep himself from being the object of resentment.”  – Confucius quotes


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


“He who will not economize will have to agonize”  – Confucius quotes


“He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.”  – Confucius quotes


“He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called 

intelligent indeed.”  – Confucius quotes


“Heaven begat Virtue in me; what can man do unto me? ” – Confucius quotes


“Heaven means to be one with God.”  – Confucius quotes


“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”  – Confucius quotes


“I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.” – Confucius quotes


“I do not want a friend Who smiles when I smile Who weeps when I weep For my shadow in the pool Can do better than that.”  – Confucius quotes


“I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it.”  – Confucius quotes


“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ” – Confucius quotes


“If a man be under the influence of anger his conduct will not be correct.”  – Confucius quotes


“If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.”  – Confucius quotes


“If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous if, in serving his parents, he can exert his 

utmost strength if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere – although men say that he 

has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.”  – Confucius quotes


“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.”  – Confucius quotes


“If I ever reach heaven I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I had not thought to see there; second, to miss some I had expected to see 

there; and third, the greatest wonder of all, to find myself there”  – Confucius quotes


“If I hear the way of truth in the morning, I am content even to die in the evening.”  – Confucius quotes


“If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this 

remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no 

arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything. ” – Confucius quotes


“If you don't know how to live, why wonder about death?. ” – Confucius quotes


“If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? ” – Confucius quotes


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


“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.”  – Confucius quotes


“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.”  – Confucius quotes


“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 quotes


“Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand.”  – Confucius quotes


“It cannot be when the root is neglected that what springs from it will be well ordered. ” – Confucius quotes


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


“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.”  – Confucius quotes


“It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.”  – Confucius quotes


“It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. ” – Confucius quotes


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


“It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change. ” – Confucius quotes


“It was by music that the ancient kings gave elegant expression to their joy. By their armies and axes they gave the same to their anger.”  – Confucius 



“Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.”  – Confucius quotes


“Learn, as if never overtaking your object, and yet as if apprehensive of losing it.”  – Confucius quotes


“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”  – Confucius quotes


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


“Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”  – Confucius quotes


“Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness and yet live, his escape from death is mere good fortune.” – Confucius quotes


“Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.”  – Confucius quotes


“Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.”  – Confucius quotes


“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”  – Confucius quotes


“Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.”  – Confucius quotes


“No matter where you go – there you are”  – Confucius quotes


“Of all that Heaven produces and nourishes, there is none so great as man.”  – Confucius quotes


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


“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”  – Confucius quotes


“People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.”  – Confucius quotes


“Questions are the creative acts of intelligence”  – Confucius quotes


“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.”  – Confucius quotes


“Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.”  – Confucius quotes


“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”  – Confucius quotes


“Silence is the true friend that never betrays.”  – Confucius quotes


“Sincerity is the way of heaven.”  – Confucius quotes


“Study the past if you would define the future.”  – Confucius quotes


“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”  – Confucius quotes


“The cautious seldom err.” – Confucius quotes


“The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to 

preserve their virtue complete.”  – Confucius quotes


“The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.” – Confucius quotes


“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”  – Confucius quotes


“The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. ” – Confucius quotes


“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.”  – 

Confucius quotes


“The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.”  – Confucius quotes


“The first woman was created from the rib of a man. She was not made from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his 

side to be equal to him. ” – Confucius quotes


“The funniest people are the saddest ones”  – Confucius quotes


“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”  – Confucius quotes


“The gentleman understands rightousness, the petty man understands interest. .”  – Confucius quotes


“The inner nature of man is the province of music.” – Confucius quotes


“The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.”  – Confucius quotes


“The man of wisdom is never of two minds;the man of benevolence never worries;the man of courage is never afraid.”  – Confucius quotes


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


“The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement 

however far back it extends – such a man may be reckoned a complete man. ” – Confucius quotes


“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”  – Confucius quotes


“The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. ” – Confucius quotes


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


“The object of the superior man is truth.”  – Confucius quotes


“The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path. ” – Confucius quotes


“The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.”  – Confucius quotes


“The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.”  – Confucius quotes


“The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith. ” – Confucius quotes


“The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.”  – Confucius quotes


“The small man thinks that small acts of goodness are of no benefit, and does not do them; and that small deeds of evil do no harm, and does not refrain 

from them. Hence, his wickedness becomes so great that it cannot be concealed, and his guilt so great that it cannot be pardoned.”  – Confucius quotes


“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”  – Confucius quotes


“The sun and moon shine on all without partiality.”  – Confucius quotes


“The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions. ” – Confucius quotes


“The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, 

but he may be known in little matters.”  – Confucius quotes


“The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.”  – Confucius quotes


“The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress. ” – Confucius quotes


“The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest success only comes later.”  – Confucius quotes


“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. ” – Confucius quotes


“The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. 

When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.”  – 

Confucius quotes


“The superior man, while his parents are alive, reverently nourishes them; and, when they are dead, reverently sacrifices to them. His thought to the end of 

his life is how not to disgrace them.”  – Confucius quotes


“The superior man…does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow. ” – Confucius quotes


“The virtuous will be sure to speak uprightly; but those whose speech is upright may not be virtuous.”  – Confucius quotes


“The way of Heaven and Earth may be completely declared in one sentence: They are without any doubleness, and so they produce things in a manner that is 

unfathomable.”  – Confucius quotes


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


“The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall to-day be uppermost. ” – Confucius quotes


“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.”  – 

Confucius quotes


“There are three things to beware of through life: when a man is young, let him beware of his appetites; when he is middle-aged, of his passions; and when 

old, of covetousness, especially.”  – Confucius quotes


“There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth…lust. When he is strong…quarrelsomeness. When he is old…covetousness.”  – 

Confucius quotes


“There is good government when those who are near are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted.”  – Confucius quotes


“There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.”  – Confucius quotes


“They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. ” – Confucius quotes


“They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”  – Confucius quotes

“Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame.”  – Confucius quotes


“To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue…They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and 

kindness.”  – Confucius quotes


“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.”  – Confucius quotes


“To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows 

these three things ” – Confucius quotes


“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”  – Confucius quotes


“To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.”  – Confucius quotes


“To govern is to correct. If you set an example by being correct, who would dare remain incorrect? ” – Confucius quotes


“To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.”  – Confucius quotes


“To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.”  – Confucius quotes


“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, 

we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius quotes


“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.”  – Confucius quotes


“To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.”  – Confucius quotes


“To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.”  – Confucius quotes


“Tsze-Kung asked, saying, is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?'' The Master said, ''Is not Reciprocity such a word? 

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”  – Confucius quotes


“Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the 

course of virtue.” – Confucius quotes


“Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.”  – Confucius quotes


“Virtue is not solitary; it is bound to have neighbors ” – Confucius quotes


“We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves.”  – Confucius quotes


“Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they be obtained in the right way they may not be possessed. ” – Confucius quotes


“What is the sound of one hand clapping” – Confucius quotes


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


“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”  – Confucius quotes


“When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are something to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honors are 

something to be ashamed of.”  – Confucius quotes


“When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.”  

– Confucius quotes


“When anger rises, think of the consequences”  – Confucius quotes


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


“When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war”  – Confucius quotes


“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it. ” – Confucius quotes


“When superiors are fond of showing their humanity, inferiors try to outstrip one another in their practice of it.”  – Confucius quotes


“When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”  – Confucius quotes


“When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”  – 

Confucius quotes


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


“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 



“When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. ” – Confucius quotes


“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 quotes


“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”  – Confucius quotes


“While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits of the dead…While you do not know life, how can you know about death”  – Confucius quotes


“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”  – Confucius quotes


“With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow – I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired 

by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.”  – Confucius quotes


“Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.”  – Confucius quotes


“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”  – Confucius quotes


“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. ” – Confucius quotes


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


“You cannot open a book without learning something.”  – Confucius quotes


“You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear. ” – Confucius quotes

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