Confucius Quotes


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.
I hear and I forget. I see and I believe. I do and I understand.
We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
The superior man... does not set his mind either for or against anything, he will pursue whatever is right. The superior man thinks of virtue, the common man of comfort.
He who learns but does not think is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.
Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough.
The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
If you know, to recognize that you know, if you don't know, to realize that you don't know: that is knowledge.
He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
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.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.
Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order;
To put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order;
To put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life;
We must first set our hearts right.

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