Confucius

Quotes
Quote Topics Cited
A superior man thinks of what is right. A small man thinks of profit. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Capitalism
An oppressive government is worse than a man-eating tiger. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
As sons obey their father and wives obey their husbands, so should citizens obey their rulers. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Give education and knowledge to the common people. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Miscellaneous
Poor young children and the elderly must be fed at public expense. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Profit is the concern of a little man. Business, Commerce & Finance
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Human Nature
The man who is fond of daring and is dissatisfied with poverty, will proceed to insubordination. So will the man who is not virtuous, when you carry your dislike of him to an extreme. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The superior man governs men, according to their nature, with what is proper to them, and as soon as they change what is wrong, he stops. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There are three things which the wise man holds in reverence: the Will of Heaven, those in authority, and the words of the sages Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is no time to cease learning. Only after you have closed the lid on the coffin does learning cease. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
When people are educated, class distinction disappears. Discrimination & Prejudice
When the government leads by the right example, who dares to go astray. Leaders & Leadership
A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
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. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Friendship
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger. Government
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
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.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. Life ;Death
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
He who acts with a constant view to his own advantage will be much murmured against.
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. Government
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
Heaven means to be one with God. Religion & God
How to play music may be known. At the commencement of the piece, all the parts should sound together. As it proceeds, they should be in harmony while severally distinct and flowing without break, and thus on to the conclusion. Music, Chants & Rapps
Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Life
If we don't know life, how can we know death? Life ;Death
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. Future
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, seek to be worthy of being known.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Motivation
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Friendship
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Life
Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!
Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety.
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. Friendship
Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.
Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Time ;History
Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods. Truth ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Failure ;Success
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.
The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Motivation
The object of the superior man is truth. Truth
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.
The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later. Success
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Business, Commerce & Finance
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Motivation
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Happiness & Unhappiness
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Business, Commerce & Finance
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.
To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest subjects may not be announced.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire.
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Sympathy
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Travel
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? Respect
You cannot open a book without learning something. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training