Confucius Quotes

Posted by Vebra on May 21, 2012

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.

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

The first woman was created from the rib of a man. She was not made from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal to him.

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

By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.

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

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

When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.

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.

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

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

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

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

Among the appliances to transform the people, sound and appearances are but trivial influences.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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

There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.

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

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

Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher.

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

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

If I ever reach heaven I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I had not thought to see there; second, to miss some I had expected to see there; and third, the greatest wonder of all, to find myself there.

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.

Don't be concerned others not appreciating you. Be concerned about your not appreciating others.

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

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

When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path.

Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.

The commander of the forces of a large State may be carried off, but the will of even a common man cannot be taken from him.

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

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

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

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

With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow-I have still joy in the midst of all these things.

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

Philosophy is a study that lets us be unhappy more intelligently.


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