Confucius Quotes

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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

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius

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

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

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

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

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

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

You cannot open a book without learning something. – Confucius

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

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

Study the past if you would define the future. – Confucius

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

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. – Confucius

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. – Confucius

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

Respect yourself and others will respect you. – Confucius

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. – Confucius

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

Study the past, if you would divine the future. – Confucius

The funniest people are the saddest ones. – Confucius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. – Confucius

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

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

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Confucius