100+ Best Quotes By Confucius That Will Change Your Life Forever

100+ Best Quotes By Confucius That Will Change Your Life Forever Confucius Quotes Curated by Factober

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September 22, 2020

Confucius Quotes

Confucius is a well-known Chinese philosopher. He’s popularly known for his amazing quotes. In this listicle we have curated his best 20 quotes, we’ll keep updating this time to time in order to share the remaining best things.

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  1. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
  2. Do not do to others what you do not want to be done to yourself.
  3. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
  4. It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love.
  5. Respect yourself and others will respect you.
  6. To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.
  7. Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
  8. The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not… Are both correct.
  9. A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.
  10. The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
  11. Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.
  12. Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.
  13. When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
  14. The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.
  15. To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.
  16. 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.
  17. Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
  18. A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.
  19. Confucius said, “Courtesy, generosity, honesty, persistence, and kindness.
    If you are courteous, you will not be disrespected;
    if you are generous, you will gain everything.
    If you are honest, people will rely on you.
    If you are persistent you will get results.
    If you are kind, you can employ people.”
  20. If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for 10 years plant trees. If your plan is for 100 years educate children.
  21. The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
  22. Don’t do unto others what you don’t want done unto you.
  23. It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
  24. The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?
  25. In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
  26. A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?
  27. The man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both correct.
  28. Your life is what your thoughts make it.
  29. To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.
  30. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
  31. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
  32. Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
  33. Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
  34. It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.
  35. He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
  36. 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.
  37. And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
  38. 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.
  39. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
  40. To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
  41. If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be ‘thoughtfulness.
  42. The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.
  43. The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
  44. The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.
  45. The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.
  46. Time flows away like the water in the river.
  47. If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.
  48. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
  49. Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
  50. Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
  51. The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
  52. 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.
  53. Respect yourself and others will respect you.
  54. When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.
  55. Some are born with knowledge, some derive it from study, and some acquire it only after a painful realization of their ignorance.
  56. All people are the same; only their habits differ.
  57. We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.
  58. The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.
  59. If you don’t want to do something, don’t impose on others.
  60. If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.
  61. Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.
  62. 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.
  63. Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.
  64. If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.
  65. We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.
  66. 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.
  67. You cannot open a book without learning something.
  68. We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves.
  69. Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.
  70. The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it.
  71. Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
  72. Lead the people with administrative injunctions and put them in their place with penal law, and they will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of shame. Lead them with excellence and put them in their place through roles and ritual practices, and in addition to developing a sense of shame, they will order themselves harmoniously.
  73. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
  74. What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
  75. Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.
  76. Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
  77. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
  78. At fifteen I set my heart upon learning.
    At thirty, I had planted my feet firm upon the ground.
    At forty, I no longer suffered from perplexities.
    At fifty, I knew what were the biddings of Heaven.
    At sixty, I heard them with docile ear.
    At seventy, I could follow the dictates of my own heart; for what I desired no longer overstepped the boundaries of right.
  79. If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.
  80. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
  81. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
  82. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
  83. He who will not economize will have to agonize.
  84. He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
  85. The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.
  86. Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
  87. Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
  88. The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
  89. They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.
  90. Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
  91. In a country well-governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
  92. We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living.
  93. 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.
  94. The funniest people are the saddest ones.
  95. To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
  96. Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
  97. The nobler sort of man emphasises the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.
  98. I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.
  99. Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.
  100. When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

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