87 Confucius Quotes:

 

1. “A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

3. “If you try to do too much, you will not achieve anything.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

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

 

6. “Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.” — CONFUCIUS

 

7. “When anger rises, think of the consequences.” — CONFUCIUS

 



 

8. “He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.” — CONFUCIUS

 

9. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

11. “There are 1,000 lessons in defeat. But only one in victory.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

15. “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

 

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16. “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.” — CONFUCIUS

 

17. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” — CONFUCIUS

 

18. “The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

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

 

21. “You judge yourself by what you think you can achieve, others judge you by what have achieved.” — CONFUCIUS

 

22. “Balance is the perfect state of still water. Let that be our model. It remains quiet within and is not disturbed on the surface.” — CONFUCIUS

 

23. “The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.” — CONFUCIUS

 

24. “We are so busy doing the urgent that we don’t have time to do the important.” — CONFUCIUS

 

25. “Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 



 

27. “The perfecting of one’s self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

29. “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” — CONFUCIUS

 

30. “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” — CONFUCIUS

 

31. “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” — CONFUCIUS

 

32. “To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” — CONFUCIUS

 

33. “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

 

34. “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” — CONFUCIUS

 

35. “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” — CONFUCIUS

 

36. “Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.” — CONFUCIUS

 

37. “A wise man has dignity without pride; a fool has pride without dignity.” — CONFUCIUS

 

38. “Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.” — CONFUCIUS

 

39. “Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.” — CONFUCIUS

 

40. “When I am with others, they are my teachers. I can select their good points and follow them, and select their bad points and avoid them.” — CONFUCIUS

 

41. “I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

43.”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.” — CONFUCIUS

 

44. “A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words. You should be ashamed if you are not talking the truth.” — CONFUCIUS

 

45. “Shall I teach you what knowledge? When you know a thing, say that you know it; when you do not know a thing, admit that you do not know it.That is knowledge.” — CONFUCIUS

 

46. “Those who are firm, enduring, simple and unpretentious are the nearest to virtue.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

48. “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” — CONFUCIUS

 



 

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

 

50. “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

 

51. “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

 

52. “To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

54. “When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.” — CONFUCIUS

 

55. “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

 

56. “To know your faults and be able to change is the greatest virtue.” — CONFUCIUS

 

57. “And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

59. “You cannot open a book without learning something.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

61. “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

 

62. “Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” — CONFUCIUS

 



 

63. “He who cannot describe the problem will never find the solution to that problem.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

65. “Study the past if you would define the future.” — CONFUCIUS

 

66. “If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.” — CONFUCIUS

 

67. “When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

71. “Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.” — CONFUCIUS

 

72. “To understand yourself is the key to wisdom.” — CONFUCIUS

 

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

 

74. “As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.” — CONFUCIUS

 

75. “Unify your attention. Do not listen with your ears, but with your mind. Do not listen with your mind but with your essence.” — CONFUCIUS

 

76. “The funniest people are the saddest ones.” — CONFUCIUS

 



 

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

 

78. “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

 

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

 

80. “The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”

 

81. “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

 

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

 

83. “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” — CONFUCIUS

 

84. “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.” — CONFUCIUS

 

85. “The man of perfect virtue, wishing to be established himself, seeks also to establish others; wishing to be enlarged himself, he seeks also to enlarge others.” — CONFUCIUS

 

86. “Questions are the creative acts of intelligence” — CONFUCIUS

 

87. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” — CONFUCIUS

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