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67+ Confucius Quotes to Unlock the Wisdom [NEW & EXCLUSIVE]

67+ Confucius Quotes to Unlock the Wisdom [NEW & EXCLUSIVE]

Confucius, also known as Kong Qui or K’ung Fu-Tzu, was a Chinese teacher, philosopher, and politician. Confucius is best known for his philosophy which focuses on personal morality, ethical governance, justice and social relationships. Confucius’ philosophies remained in the archives of ancient Chinese history and he was one of the most important and influential individuals in affecting the lives of humanity.

Even though Confucius lived a very long time ago, his lessons and words of wisdom have been passed down among newer generations, and if you haven’t heard of Confucius before, there is still a lot of wisdom to take in. You’ll gain more wisdom from Buddha quotes and Yoda sayings, too.

The Best Confucius Quotes and Sayings

“The man who says he can, and the man who says he can not… Are both correct.”

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

“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.”

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

“Your life is what your thoughts make it.”

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

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“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

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

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

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

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“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”

“The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.”

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.”

“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.”

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

“You are what you think.”

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

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“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.”

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

“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.”

“All people are the same; only their habits differ.”

“A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.”

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“Learn advidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.”

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

“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.”

“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”

“If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”

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

“Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.”

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“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”

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

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

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

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

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

“The essence of knowledge is, having it, to use it.”

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

“One joy dispels a hundred cares.”

“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.”

“Anyone can find the switch after the lights are on.”

“Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.”

“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.”

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

“I slept and dreamt life is beauty, I woke and found life is the duty.”

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“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

“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.”

“They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.”

“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.”

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“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”

“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.”

“A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.”

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

“Study the past if you would define the future.”

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”

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

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“Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar.”

“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.”

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”

“Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.”

“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.”

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”

“No matter how busy you make think you are you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”

“What you do not want to be done to yourself, do not do to others.”

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“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.”

“Think of tomorrow, the past can’t be mended.”

“Questions are the creative acts of intelligence”

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

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.”

“If you don’t know how to live, why wonder about death?”

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

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

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

“A superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.”

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

“Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.”

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

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

“Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.”

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

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

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

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

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

“He who will not economize will have to agonize.”

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

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

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

“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.”

“Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit to the boredom which they inspire.”

Quotes and sayings from Confucius

“When a person should be spoken with, and you don’t speak with them, you lose them. When a person shouldn’t be spoken with and you speak to them, you waste your breath. The wise do not lose people, nor do they waste their breath.”

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

“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.”

“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.”

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

“The object of the superior man is the truth.”

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

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

“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”

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

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

“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.”

“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”

“We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

“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.”

“Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”

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

Since I believe that his teachings are deep and meaningful, I hope you enjoyed reading these Confucianism quotes and they will inspire some change in your life. If there’s a specific quote or lesson of Confucius that you like but wasn’t mentioned, then be sure to leave a comment below and let us know what that is!

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