50 Confucius Quotes to Inspire and Confuse You Beyond Imagination

“If your desire is for good, the people will be good.” ― Confucius

“Confucius says if a man wants to grow one row of corn, first must shovel one ton of shit.”
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“Man who stands on a hill with mouth open will wait a long time for roast duck to drop in.”
― Confucius

“While they have not got their aims, their anxiety is how to get them. When they have got them, their anxiety is lest they should lose them.”
― Confucius

“The Chinese dream is an American dream embedded in a Confucian cocoon.”
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“There is an old proverb in our kingdom: “He who seeks revenge should dig two graves.” (Confucius)”
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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.” ― Confucius

“The journey with 1000 miles begins with one step.” ― Confucius

“Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.” ― Confucius

“All people are the same; only their habits differ.” ― Confucius

“Learn avidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.” ― Confucius

“If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.” ― Confucius

“Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.” ― Confucius

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ― Confucius

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ― Confucius

“The essence of knowledge is, having it, to use it.” ― Confucius

“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.” ― Confucius

“They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.” ― Confucius

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

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

“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.” ― Confucius

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” ― Confucius

“Be strict with yourself, but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar.” ― Confucius

“Think of tomorrow, the past can’t be mended.” ― Confucius

“No matter how busy you make think you are you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” ― Confucius

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

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” ― Confucius

“Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it.” ― Confucius

“Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.” ― Confucius

“Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.” ― Confucius

“Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.” ― Confucius

“The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterward speaks according to his action.” ― Confucius

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is sure to be a failure.” ― Confucius

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” ― Confucius

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” ― Confucius

“Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.” ― Confucius

“The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.” ― Confucius

“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.” ― Confucius

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” ― Confucius

“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” ― Confucius

“Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire.” ― Confucius

“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.” ― Confucius

“I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.” ― Confucius

“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.” ― Confucius

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

“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.” ― Confucius

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

“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.” ― Confucius

“He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.” ― Confucius

“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?” ― Confucius