Confucius Quotes and Sayings

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

Confucius quotes about family

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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