Confucius Quotes and Sayings

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Confucius (traditionally September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese thought and life.

Confucius Quotes and Sayings

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

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

Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.
– 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

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
– Confucius

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

Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.
– Confucius

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
– Confucius

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

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
– Confucius

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

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

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
– Confucius

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
– Confucius

Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
– Confucius

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

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
– Confucius

And remember no matter where you go there you are.
– Confucius

Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
– Confucius

He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools
– Confucius

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

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

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
– Confucius

Heaven means to be one with God.
– Confucius

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
– Confucius

If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But youve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot.
– Confucius

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
– Confucius

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

Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
– Confucius


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