Confucius Quotes and Sayings

These are inspirational, motivational, wise, sad and funny Confucius quotes, sayings, and proverbs that inspire us. See more famous quotes on QuoteLicious.

  • Name: Confucius
  • Birth: 28 September 551 BC
  • Death: 479 BC (71)
  • Birthplace: Qufu, Zhou Dynasty
  • Star Sign: Libra

Confucius quotes about family

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

 

To put the world 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. ~Confucius

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Confucius quotes about death

If we don’t know life, how can we know death? ~Confucius

 

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

Confucius quotes about success

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
— Confucius

 

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later. ~Confucius

Confucius quotes about life, love

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

 

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

 

To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons. ~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

 

A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies. ~Confucius

Confucius quotes about knowledge, study, learning

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

 

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. ~Confucius

 

I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand. ~Confucius

 

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

 

I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. ~Confucius

 

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

 

If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults. ~Confucius

 

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

 

You cannot open a book without learning something. ~Confucius

 

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. ~Confucius

 

Confucius quotes about wisdom, happiness

 

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. ~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

 

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. ~Confucius

 

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

Confucius quotes about friendship

 

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. ~Confucius

 

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. ~Confucius

 

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

More inspirational Confucius quotes

 

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. ~Confucius

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle. ~Confucius

 

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

 

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. ~Confucius

 

I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.

 

Heaven means to be one with God. ~Confucius

 

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

 

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
— Confucius

 

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

 

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