One of the most popular and influential Chinese philosophers was Confucius. His teachings, philosophy and quotes are still studied and referenced today. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the most famous Confucius quotes.

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

“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.” ― Confucius

“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.” ― Confucius

“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” ― Confucius

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

“He who learns but does not think is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” ― Confucius

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” ― Confucius

“Study the past if you would define the future.” ― Confucius

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” ― Confucius

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

“Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.” ― Confucius

“Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.” ― Confucius

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals; adjust the action steps.” ― Confucius

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” ― Confucius

“They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”― Confucius

“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.” ― Confucius

 “Good people strengthen themselves ceaselessly.” — Confucius

 “I’d rather die for speaking out, than to live and be silent.” — Confucius

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” — Confucius

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

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

“The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.” — Confucius

. “It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.” — Confucius

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

“When the multitude detests a man, inquiry is necessary; when the multitude likes a man, inquiry is equally necessary.” — Confucius

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.” — Confucius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” — Confucius

 “The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.” — Confucius

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

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

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

“One joy dispels a hundred cares.” — Confucius

 “Base yourself in loyalty and trust. Don’t be a companion with those who are not your moral equal. When you make a mistake, don’t hesitate to correct it.” — Confucius

 “Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.” — Confucius

 “It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.” — Confucius

 “Straight-forwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness.” — Confucius

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

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

 “Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it.” —Confucius

 “A man of wisdom delights in water.” — Confucius

 “The object of the superior man is truth.” —Confucius

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

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

“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” ― Confucius

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” ― Confucius

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

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” ― Confucius

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

“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” ― Confucius

“The funniest people are the saddest ones” ― Confucius

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

“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.” ― Confucius

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

“When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn.” ― Confucius

“It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.” ― Confucius

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

“Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may overlook it.” ― Confucius

 “The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?” ― Confucius

 “Anyone can find the switch after the lights are on.” ― Confucius

“The parents’ age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety.” ― Confucius

 “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” ― Confucius

“Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.” ― Confucius

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

 “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” ― Confucius

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is sure to be a failure.” ― Confucius

“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.” ― Confucius

“The man who says he can, and the man who says he can not are both correct.” ― Confucius

“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.” ― Confucius

 “Study the past if you would define the future.” ― Confucius

. “One joy dispels a hundred cares.” ― Confucius

 “The object of the superior man is truth.” ― Confucius

 “Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.” ― Confucius

“Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.” ― Confucius

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

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

 “Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it.” ― Confucius

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

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

 “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.” ― Confucius

“Love is like a spice. It can sweeten your life—however, it can spoil it, too.” ― Confucius

“I slept and dreamt life is beauty, I woke and found life is duty.” ― Confucius

 “The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.”  ― Confucius

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

“Your life is what your thoughts make it.” ― Confucius

 “Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.” ― Confucius

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” ― Confucius

 “Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar.” ― Confucius

“Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.” ― Confucius

 “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” ― Confucius

 “Learn avidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.” ― Confucius

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