Confucius Quotes

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.

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

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

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

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

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

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.

You cannot open a book without learning something.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.

Study the past if you would define the future.

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

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

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

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.

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

Study the past, if you would divine the future.

The funniest people are the saddest ones.

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.

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

To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.

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.

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.

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

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

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

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

The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat

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

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

If you don’t want to do something, don’t impose on others.

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

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

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

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

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