Confucius Says…

…read these words of wisdom to see what Confucius says! His timeless wisdom has shaped the lives and destinies of countless people in China and elsewhere. He was a contemporary of the Buddha and Lao Tzu and the religious traditions that flourished from these masters are still influencing us today.

Confucius“Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”

“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.”

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

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

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”

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

“The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.”

“The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.”

“When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.”

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

“He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”

“When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right ; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world.”

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

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

“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.”

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

Do you have a favorite quote from Confucius? If you do you can share your comment in the comment section below.

Books by Confucius

The Analects (Oxford World’s Classics)


Few individuals have shaped their country’s civilization more profoundly than the Master Kong, better-known as Confucius (551-479 BC). His sayings and those of his disciples form the foundation of a distinct social, ethical, and intellectual system. They have retained their freshness and vigor thr… [Read More…]

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