Confucius Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Confucius quotes and Confucius sayings, and Confucius proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Confucius (/kənˈfjuːʃəs/ kən-FEW-shəs;[1] 551–479 BC)[2][3] was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

"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 some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults. "

"Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire. "

"Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs. "

"The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it. "

"Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. "

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

"To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness. "

"Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety. "

"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, seek to be worthy of being known. "

"He who acts with a constant view to his own advantage will be much murmured against. "

"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. "

"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. "

"How to play music may be known. At the commencement of the piece, all the parts should sound together. As it proceeds, they should be in harmony while severally distinct and flowing without break, and thus on to the conclusion. "

"The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most. "

"A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies. "

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

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

"I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself. "

"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth. "

"If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not. "

"The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has. "

"To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons. "

"The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later. "

"The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present. "

"I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability. "

"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. "

"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. "

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