Confucius Quotes


Type: Teacher, philosopher

Born: 551 BC

Died: – 479 BC

Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

Confucius Quotes

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.

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.

Where words lose their meaning, people lose their lives.

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

Writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas.

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

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole
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.

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

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

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

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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.

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

If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things.

Die Wahrheit hat keinen Erfolg.

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

It is when those who are not strong enough have made some moderate amount of progress that they fail and give up...

Nothing is more visible than things hidden; Nothing is more manifest than things minute; Therefore, the superior man should be aware of his aloneness

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.

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

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

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

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Time flows away like the water in the river.

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

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

he who will not economize will have to agonize

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

The Master said, “What a worthy man was Yan Hui! Living in a narrow alley, subsisting upon meager bits of rice and water - other people could not have borne such hardship, and yet it never spoiled Hui’s joy. What a worthy man was Hui!”
(Analects 6.11)

Wenn du weißt, behaupte, dass du es weißt. Und wenn du etwas nicht weißt, gib zu, dass du es nicht weißt. Das ist Wissen.

Wenn man noch nicht das Leben kennt, wie sollte man den Tod kennen.

Wenn man noch nicht den Menschen dienen kann, wie sollte man den Geistern dienen können?

We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living

The funniest people are the saddest ones

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

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

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

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

Lernen und nicht denken ist nichtig, denken und nicht lernen ist ermüdend.

Wo ein Gebildeter weilt, kann keine Rohheit aufkommen.

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

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

To study and constantly, is this not a pleasure? To have friends come from far away places, is this not a joy? If people do not recognize your worth, but this does not worry you, are you not a true gentleman?

You cannot open a book without learning something.

Al cielo non chiedo altro che una casa piena di libri e un giardino pieno di fiori

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

Words are the voice of the heart.

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

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.

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

Study the past if you would define the future.

Think of tomorrow, the past can't be mended.

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations.
When there is order in the nations, there will peace in the world.

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.

What can a man do with music who is not benevolent?

You can force the people to obey; you cannot force them to understand.

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of man.

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

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

Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous.

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