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Confucius Quotes are sayings and quotes of the renowned Chinese philosopher Confucius that reflect his profound grasp on philosophies of life and related areas (his philosophies are known as Confucianism).

His quotes talk of education, knowledge, good qualities of human beings, love, beauty, nation, and so many other subjects and topics.

Confucius Quotes on superior man and wise man | philosophies

# Confucius quotes on superior man
“There are three marks of a superior man: being virtuous, one is free from anxiety; being wise, one is free from perplexity; being brave, one is free from fear.” — Confucius

# about the superior man
“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.” — Confucius

“The superior man wishes to be slow in his words, and earnest in his conduct.” — Confucius

“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” — Confucius

“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 he has.” — Confucius

# Confucius quotes about a wise man
“The wise man wishes to be slow in his words, and earnest in his conduct.” — Confucius

# about a wise man
“If the wise man achieves something, it is well; if he achieves nothing, it is also well; he recognizes destiny.” — Confucius

# men of principle
“Men of principle are sure to be bold, but those who are bold may not always be men of principle.” — Confucius

“The heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any.” — Confucius

Confucius quotes on Life | Quotes on virtues and right principles

# Confucius quotes on Life
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” — Confucius

“Study the past if you would divine the future.” — Confucius

“That which is proven by time cannot be assailed by man, while that which is disproved by time cannot be justified by man.” — Confucius

“If a man takes no thought about the distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.” — Confucius

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius

# contrary character
“When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.” — Confucius

# to go beyond
“To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” — Confucius

# right principles
“One who merely knows right principles is not equal to those who love them.” — Confucius

# Confucius quotes to practice five things
“To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” — Confucius

# humility
“Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.” — Confucius

# respect
“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?” – Confucius

“It is better to play than do nothing.” — Confucius

“Do not to others as you would not like done to yourself.” — Confucius

# truth
“It is a man who makes truth great, not truth which makes a man great.” —Confucius

# Sincerity # truth # virtue
“Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.” — Confucius

Quotes by Confucius on Learning, Knowledge & Education

“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.” – Confucius

“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

“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

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

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

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” — Confucius

“Men may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.” — Confucius

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” —Confucius

“Those who are meant to hear will understand. Those who are not meant to understand will not hear.” — Confucius

“If names are not correct and language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.” — Confucius

“If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others.” — Confucius

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

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

“Always and in everything let there be reverence.” — Confucius

“To see what is right and not do it is want of courage, or of principle.” — Confucius

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

“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

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

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

Confucius Quotes motivation

“If you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.” — Confucius

“I am not concerned that I have no place; I am concerned how I may fit myself for one. I am not concerned that I am not known; I seek to be worthy to be known.” — Confucius

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

“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

“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.”— Confucius

“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

# strength of a nation # integrity # homes
“The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of its homes.” — Confucius

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”— Confucius

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

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

Sayings on different areas of life and nation

# women
“Women — if you are friendly with them, they get out of hand. And if you keep them at a distance, they resent it.” — Confucius

# son
“Every one calls his son his son, whether he has talents or has not talents.” — Confucius

# beauty
“Everything has its beauty but not every man sees it.” — Confucius

More Quotes

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

Nice sayings

# anger
“When anger rises, think of the consequences.”— Confucius

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

“He who keeps danger in mind will rest safely in his seat.”— Confucius

# friends # trust
“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”— Confucius

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

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


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