Confucius Quotes

Confucius

Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)

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

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

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

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Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.

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Heaven means to be one with God.

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Study the past, if you would divine the future.

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Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.

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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.

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The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

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

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To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

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The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

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

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

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When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

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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.

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

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

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If a man remembers what is right at the sign of profit, is ready to lay down his life in the face of danger, and does not forget sentiments he has repeated all his life when he has been in straitened circumstances for a long time, he may be said to be a complete man.

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It is only the benevolent man who is capable of liking or disliking other men.

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In his errors a man is true to type. Observe the errors and you will know the man.

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While the gentleman cherishes benign rule, the small man cherishes his native land. While the gentleman cherishes a respect for the law, the small man cherishes generous treatment.

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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?

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He who will not economize will have to agonize.

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When anger rises, think of the consequences.

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It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.

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The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.

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

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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.

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Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

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Have no friends not equal to yourself.

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

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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.

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[The superior man] acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.

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

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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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Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame.

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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.

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The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.

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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.

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The cautious seldom err.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.

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The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.

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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?

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To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.

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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.

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The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.

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The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.

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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.

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

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

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Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.

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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.

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If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.

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What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.

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What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

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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.

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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.

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

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To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue...[They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

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

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Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.

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

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

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

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If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand

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A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?

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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

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Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.

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

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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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Respect yourself and others will respect you.

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

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Study the past if you would define the future.

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

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Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

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

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Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

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

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

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Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.

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

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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.

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Humankind differs from the animals only by a little, and most people throw that away.

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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

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

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

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It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.

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

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The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

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I hear and I forget.
I see and I believe.
I do and I understand.

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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.

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

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The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.

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To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.

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It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.

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

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He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.

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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.

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