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Enlightening quotes by Confucius on education, learning, life, beauty, goal, knowledge and other things.

100 Enlightening Quotes By Confucius That Will Change Your Life

Quick Facts

Famous As: Renowned Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher

Born On: September 28, 551

Died On: 479 BC

Born In: Qufu

Died At Age: 72

Confucius was an influential Chinese philosopher, teacher, editor and politician known for his popular aphorism and for his models of social interaction. His ideas have influenced the civilisation of East Asia. Interestingly, much unlike other philosophers or teachers, Confucius’ life was plain, simple and real. He believed in the fact that every human being has in him what it needs to become an awe-inspiring sage or learned man. Wisdom, he believed, was inherent to human nature. Confucius insisted that human beings are teachable, improvable, and perfectible through personal and communal endeavour, which would lead them on road to wisdom and glory. His philosophies emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. He put to pen most of his beliefs and thoughts that have today converted into classic Chinese texts. In his life, Confucius came up with great many quotes that have ever since, guided human beings to lead a better life. His quotes cover a wide variety of subjects, right from self-realisation to knowledge, life and living to wisdom and learning, time and history to love and friendship, anger management and so on. Explore this section and get inspired from the exquisite collection of quotes by 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.

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Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

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

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

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

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

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

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The funniest people are the saddest ones

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Study the past if you would define the future.

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

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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

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Respect yourself and others will respect you.

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Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

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You cannot open a book without learning something.

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

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

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When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.

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The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

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

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

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

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

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The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.

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

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

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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.

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Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

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

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And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

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

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If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.

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Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

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

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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

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A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.

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Do unto others what you want done unto you.

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To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

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In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

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To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

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Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

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Time flows away like the water in the river.

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If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.

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To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.

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The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

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Shall I teach you what knowledge? When you know a thing, say that you know it; when you do not know a thing, admit that you do not know it. That is knowledge

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Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.

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The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.

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When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.

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Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.

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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.

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Have no friends not equal to yourself.

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The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.” (Analects 4.9)

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Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.

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

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The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.

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

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The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct

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The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

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The Master said, “A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.” (Analects 2.11)

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Roads were made for journeys not destinations

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

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Those who know the TRUTH are not equal to those who love it.

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The Master said, “If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment.

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The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.

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By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

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The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit.” (Analects 4.16)

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Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.

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Behind every smile there's teeth.

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No lake so still but it has its wave. No circle so perfect but that it has its blur. I would change things for you if I could; As I can't you must take them as they are.

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Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.

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True wisdom is knowing what you don't know

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Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.

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If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.

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If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

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Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.

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

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We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.

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A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.

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One joy dispels a hundred cares.

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Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.

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

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When the wind blows,the grass bends.

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You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath

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

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Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.

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

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He Who Knows And Knows That He Knows Is A Wise Man - Follow Him; He Who Knows Not And Knows Not That He Knows Not Is A Fool - Shun Him

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A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?

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To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

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If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness.

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The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.

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Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it

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We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves

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The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it.

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He who who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right

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They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.

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The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.

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