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440 Inspiring Quotes by Confucius

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Wikipedia Summary for Confucius

Confucius ( kən-FEW-shəs; Chinese: 孔夫子; pinyin: Kǒng Fūzǐ, "Master Kǒng"; 551–479 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period who was traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages. Widely considered one of the most important and influential individuals in human history, Confucius's teachings and philosophy formed the basis of East Asian culture and society, and remain influential today.

The philosophy of Confucius—Confucianism—emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity. Confucianism was part of the Chinese social fabric and way of life; to Confucians, everyday life was the arena of religion. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction in the new government. During the Tang and Song dynasties, Confucianism developed into a system known in the West as Neo-Confucianism, and later New Confucianism.

Confucius is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts, including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing specific assertions to Confucius himself. Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects, but only many years after his death.

Confucius's principles have commonality with Chinese tradition and belief. With filial piety, he championed strong family loyalty, ancestor veneration, and respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives, recommending family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle "Do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself", the Golden Rule. He is also a traditional deity in Daoism.

sunset forest

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

--Confucius

autumn leaves on body of water

The object of the superior man is truth.

--Confucius

sunset highway

A disciple having asked for a definition of charity, the Master said LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

--Confucius

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

In speaking, it is best to be clear and say just enough to convey the meaning.

--Confucius

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

A good man is not mine to see. Could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me.

--Confucius

sunset over hill

If your desire is for good, the people will be good.

--Confucius

running white, brown, and black dog

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

--Confucius

four person standing beside wall

To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.

--Confucius

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.

--Confucius

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Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard.

--Confucius

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Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito.

--Confucius

white wooden hut during daytime

Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree, but it preserves it.

--Confucius

white snow mountain

A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.

--Confucius

sunset with agave stem

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

--Confucius

pink and red flowers

Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!

--Confucius


blue wooden door opened

Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

--Confucius

green artificial palm tree on seashore

Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone might be looking. Hear and you forget, see and you remember, do and you understand.

--Confucius

brown chopped logs

When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.

--Confucius

man in green shirt and blue knit cap sitting on floor

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, see to the (be?) worthy of being known.

--Confucius

castle surrounded fog

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

--Confucius


pot on window with flowers

You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

--Confucius


body of water under clear blue sky painting

There is no spectacle more agreeable than to observe an old friend fall from a rooftop.

--Confucius

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

From a grain of sand in the Pearl comes.

--Confucius

purple flower

There are three things against which the wise man guards: lust when young, quarrels when strong, and covetousness when old.

--Confucius

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

While the gentleman cherishes benign rule, the small man cherishes his native land. While the gentleman cherishes a respect for the law, the small man cherishes generous treatment.

--Confucius

yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

Because the newer methods of treatment are good, it does not follow that the old ones were bad: for if our honorable and worshipful ancestors had not recovered from their ailments, you and I would not be here today.

--Confucius

purple flower field during daytime

What is most needed for learning is a humble mind.

--Confucius

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

In a hamlet of ten households, there are bound to be those who are my equal in doing their best for others and in being trustworthy in what they say, but they are unlikely to be as eager to learn as I am.

--Confucius

blue flowers in tilt shift lens

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

--Confucius

green and white abstract painting

There has never been a man mean and at the same time virtuous.

--Confucius

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?

--Confucius

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

If I give a student one-fourth of what he should know, I expect him to get the other three-fourths himself, otherwise I do not want him as a student.

--Confucius


person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

--Confucius

beige concrete wall

To learn without thinking is labour in vain, to think without learning is desolation.

--Confucius

yellow painted wall

With a heavy load and a long journey.

--Confucius

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The really faithful lover of learning holds fast to the Good Way till death.

--Confucius

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The silent treasuring up of knowledge; learning without satiety; and instructing others without being wearied: which one of these things belongs to me?

--Confucius

pink flowers with white background

Do unto others what you want done unto you.

--Confucius

purple flower in tilt shift lens

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

--Confucius

blue sky with stars during night time

Let every man consider virtue as what devolves on himself. He may not yield the performance of it even to his teacher.

--Confucius

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Heaven means to be one with God.

--Confucius

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Bird in hand makes it harder to blow nose.

--Confucius

green palm plant

To be in one's own heart in kindly sympathy with all things; this is the nature of righteousness.

--Confucius

selective focus photography of red tulip

When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path.

--Confucius

beige concrete wall

Happiness does not consist in having what you want, but in wanting what you have.

--Confucius

white desk lamp beside green plant

Charity is that rational and constant affection which makes us sacrifice ourselves to the human race, as if we were united with it, so as to form one individual, partaking equally in its adversity and prosperity.

--Confucius

rock mountain during starry night

If a man be under the influence of anger his conduct will not be correct.

--Confucius

sunset woman at beach

The superior man is distressed by his want of ability.

--Confucius

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this.

--Confucius

Longer Version:

The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. In a position of wealth and honor, he does what is proper to a position of wealth and honor. In a poor and low position, he does what is proper to a poor and low position.


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To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.

--Confucius

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He who will not economize will have to agonize.

--Confucius

golden retriever inside car

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

--Confucius

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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.

--Confucius

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A wise man seeks by music to strengthen his soul: the thoughtless one uses it to stifle his fears.

--Confucius

green trees under white sky during daytime

The gentleman is calm and at ease. The gentleman is dignified but not proud; the small man is proud but not dignified.

--Confucius

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A wise man has dignity without pride; a fool has pride without dignity.

--Confucius

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

An angry person is always full of poison.

--Confucius

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A man without persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician.

--Confucius

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

Sincerity is that whereby self-completion is effected, and its way is that by which man must direct himself.

--Confucius

woman standing on cliff

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

--Confucius

shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

When a man is guided by the principles of reciprocity and consciousness, he is not far from the moral law. Whatever you don't wish for yourself don't do unto others.

--Confucius

black and white abstract illustration

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

--Confucius

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed.

--Confucius

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

It is difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven't been willing to try.

--Confucius

sunset

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

--Confucius

brown wooden board

A gentleman considers justice to be essential in everything. He practices it according to the principles of propriety. He brings it forth in modesty and faithfully completes it. This is indeed a gentleman.

--Confucius

green trees under white sky during daytime

If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like? If a man has no humaneness what can his happiness be like?

--Confucius

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say.

--Confucius

macro photography water drops

Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.

--Confucius

man jumping on hill during golden hour

Rather than caring about whether or not you are known, strive to be worth knowing.

--Confucius

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

Reading without thinking will confuse you.Thinking without reading will place you in danger.

--Confucius

chocolate

When the multitude detests a man, inquiry is necessary; when the multitude likes a man, inquiry is equally necessary.

--Confucius

red rose

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life -reciprocity.

--Confucius

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

The Way is not for, but from, man; if we take the Way as something superhuman, beyond man, this is not the real Way.

--Confucius

clear hour glass with brown frame

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

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If you try to do too much, you will not achieve anything.

--Confucius

coconut tree near body of water

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

--Confucius

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Study the past if you would define the future.

--Confucius

Longer Version:

Study the past if you would define the future. 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. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.



two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.

--Confucius

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.

--Confucius

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.

--Confucius

woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

The Superior Man has nothing to compete for. But if he must compete, he does it in an archery match, wherein he ascends to his position, bowing in deference. Descending, he drinks the ritual cup.

--Confucius

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There are cases in which the blade springs, but the plant does not go on to flower. There are cases where it flowers, but no fruit is subsequently produced.

--Confucius

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.

--Confucius


close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

A man exercising no forethought will soon experience present sorrow.

--Confucius

elephant play with brown sand

The great man is sparing in words but prodigal in deeds.

--Confucius


silhouette of man looking towards left

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

--Confucius

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

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

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. If you are generous, you will gain everything.

--Confucius

green ceramic mug beside book

The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.

--Confucius

sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table

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.

--Confucius

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Learn, as if never overtaking your object, and yet as if apprehensive of losing it.

--Confucius


man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

The whole end of speech is to be understood.

--Confucius

red rose illustration

The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right.

--Confucius

blue and white striped textile

The most beautiful sight in the world is a little child going confidently down the road of life after you have shown him the way.

--Confucius

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

--Confucius

pot on window with flowers

Waste begets self-will; thrift begets meanness: but better be mean than self-willed.

--Confucius

bare tress and mountain

The proper man understands equity, the small man profits.

--Confucius

low angle view of blue clouds

If one is guided by profit in one's actions, one will incur much ill will.

--Confucius

white flower with black background

Every house guest brings you happiness. Some when they arrive, and some when they are leaving.

--Confucius

shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring

I'd rather die for speaking out, than to live and be silent.

--Confucius


five woman standing on seashore

Even if I could, I would not exahnge their virtues for my own. And that is why they are intent on learning from me.

--Confucius

white and red flower with green leaves

Give me a few more years so that I am studying at fifty, and surely I may avoid major errors.

--Confucius

lone tree in grassland

Seek Not Every Quality In One Individual.

--Confucius


purple and white light illustration

Tsze-Kung asked, "Is there one word with which to act in accordance throughout a lifetime?" The Master said, "Is not reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

--Confucius

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

The wise find pleasure in water; the virtuous find pleasure in hills. The wise are active; the virtuous are tranquil. The wise are joyful; the virtuous are long-lived.

--Confucius

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All wisdom is rooted in learning to call things by the right name. When things are properly identified, they fall into natural categories and understanding becomes orderly.

--Confucius

pink and yellow flower painting

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

--Confucius

rock mountain during starry night

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

--Confucius

woman holding Pug puppy

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

--Confucius

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

A hammer shatters glass but it also forges steel.

--Confucius

mountain dew during sunrise

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

--Confucius

yellow tulip flowers

Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.

--Confucius

landscape photography of horizon

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

--Confucius


flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

The superior man is intelligently, not blindly, faithful.

--Confucius


black fawn pug playing with plush toy

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

--Confucius

worm's eye view of trees during night time

I followed my heart without breaking any rules.

--Confucius


red textile in close up photography

A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard.

--Confucius

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

When everyone hates a person, you should investigate thoroughly, and when everyone loves a person, you should also investigate thoroughly.

--Confucius

woman leaning against a wall in dim hallway

The way of Heaven and Earth may be completely declared in one sentence: They are without any doubleness, and so they produce things in a manner that is unfathomable.

--Confucius

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

--Confucius


painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella

It is better to play than do nothing.

--Confucius

purple and white clouds during night time

The superior man is anxious lest he should not get the truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him.

--Confucius

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I daily examine myself on three points: In planning for others, have I failed in conscientiousness? In intercourse with friends, have I been insincere? And have I failed to practice what I have been taught?

--Confucius

purple and blue light illustration

First and foremost, be faithful to your superiors, keep all promises, refuse the friendship of all who are not like you; and if you have made a mistake, do not be afraid of admitting the fact and amending your ways.

--Confucius

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.

--Confucius

sunset dirt road

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.

--Confucius

pink and white flowers on white surface

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.

--Confucius

sunset with storm clouds

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

--Confucius

water droplets on green leaf

The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.

--Confucius

river painting

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

--Confucius

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless.

--Confucius

elephants on green grass field during daytime

Charity, like the sun, brightens every object on which it shines.

--Confucius

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Faithfulness and sincerity first of all.

--Confucius

silhouette of stones during golden hour

One who never anticipates deceit or expects duplicity, and yet is the first to recognize such things -- is that not a sage indeed?

--Confucius

two women lying on hammock

It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.

--Confucius

jellyfish under water photo

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.

--Confucius

brown trees on brown field during daytime

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

--Confucius

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

--Confucius


purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

The faults of the superior man are like the eclipses of the sun and moon. He has his faults, and all men see them; he changes, and all men look up to him.

--Confucius

sunset

I live in a very small house, but my windows look out on a very large world.

--Confucius

lion on green grass during golden hour

The noble-minded worry about their lack of ability, not about people's failure to recognize their ability.

--Confucius

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

--Confucius

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Possessed of courage but devoid of morality, a superior man will make trouble while a small man will be a brigand.

--Confucius

sunset

Heaven sends down its good and evil symbols and wise men act accordingly.

--Confucius


aerial photo of foggy mountains

Love is like a spice. It can sweeten your life -- however, it can spoil it, too.

--Confucius

person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime

If I cannot get men who steer a middle course to associate with, I would far rather have the impetuous and hasty. For the impetuous at any rate assert themselves.

--Confucius

dome tent with galaxy with stars

The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.

--Confucius

pink petaled flower field

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


pink and teal striped textile

Things have their roots and branches. Affairs have their beginnings and their ends. To know what is first and what is last will lead one near the Way.

--Confucius


purple petaled flower

In antiquity men studied for their own sake; nowadays men study for the sake of impressing others.

--Confucius

black mountain under blue sky during night time

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.

--Confucius

American Eagles during daytime

All men are born good.

--Confucius

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

--Confucius

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.

--Confucius

beach during daytime

If doing what ought to be done be made the first business and success a secondary consideration -- is not this the way to exalt virtue?

--Confucius

raging waves through shores

He who needs only coarse food, water and drink, and as pillow his folded arms will find happiness without further search.

--Confucius

person in black hoodie using laptop computer

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?

--Confucius

red and pink flowers

Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few.

--Confucius

Longer Version:

Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few. See much and get rid of what is dangerous and be careful in acting on the rest and your causes for regret will be few. Speaking without fault, acting without causing regret: 'upgrading' consists in this.


black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.

--Confucius


yellow flowers blooming at field

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.

--Confucius

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's ok. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot.

--Confucius

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Music is the one thing in which there is no use trying to deceive others or make false pretenses.

--Confucius

black wooden louver door window

Of all that Heaven produces and nourishes, there is none so great as man.

--Confucius

blue wallpaper

Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.

--Confucius

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I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

--Confucius

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

The superior man is firm in the right way and not merely firm.

--Confucius

women's black and pink monokini

Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.

--Confucius

red flame

I am not worried that nobody knows me. I seek to become fit to be known.

--Confucius

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

He who is concerned only with the purity of his own life ruins the great human relations.

--Confucius

aerial view of green trees

The superior man, extensively studying all learning, and keeping himself under the restraint of the rules of propriety, may thus likewise not overstep what is right.

--Confucius

white and blue sky during daytime

There are three marks of a superior man: being virtuous, he is free from anxiety; being wise, he is free from perplexity; being brave, he is free from fear.

--Confucius

grayscale photo of person's back

But if you do not have the Tao yourself, what business have you spending your time in vain efforts to bring corrupt politicians into the right path?

--Confucius

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

--Confucius

seashore during golden hour

It is goodness that gives to a neighborhood its beauty. One who is free to choose, yet does not prefer to dwell among the good -- how can he be accorded the name of wise?

--Confucius

blue wooden door opened

He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.

--Confucius

red flowers under the blue sky

There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.

--Confucius

orange rose in bloom close up photo

It was by music that the ancient kings gave elegant expression to their joy. By their armies and axes they gave the same to their anger.

--Confucius

five children sitting on bench front of trees

Every journey starts with a single step.

--Confucius

green tree under blue sky during night time

Benevolence is love to all men. It is to know all men.

--Confucius

yellow sunflowers

When three persons work together, each can be the teacher in some aspects.

--Confucius

person holding brown sand close-up photography

One who can move mountains start with the little stones.

--Confucius

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

The gentleman prefers to be slow in word but diligent in action.

--Confucius

bare trees under blue sky

The master said, 'Quietly to store up knowledge in my mind, to learn without flagging, to teach without growing weary, these present me with no difficulties.'

--Confucius

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

Girl who sit on Judge's lap get honorable discharge.

--Confucius

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To rein a kingdom efficiently it is necessary, before all, to put into good order the family. It's impossible for a man who doesn't know how to lead his own family to know how to lead a country.

--Confucius

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

Being strong does not mean that you never fall down, but that whenever you fall, you get up again.

--Confucius

sunset

The gentleman sees what is right while the small man sees what is profitable.

--Confucius

scenery of aurora

I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women.

--Confucius

tan wallpaper

He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed.

--Confucius

white and gray floral bed sheet

The wise man delights in water, the Good man delights in mountains. For the wise move; but the Good stay still. The wise are happy; but the good secure.

--Confucius

yellow tulip flowers

Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.

--Confucius

blue and white light digital wallpaper

Poor food and water for dinner, a bent arm for a pillow -- that is where joy resides. For me, wealth and renown without honor are nothing but drifting clouds.

--Confucius


pink and white flower in close up photography

Exemplary people concern themselves with virtue,
small people concern themselves with territory. The ruling class
thinks of punishment, the lower classes hope for benevolence.

--Confucius


castle surrounded fog

The true gentleman does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.

--Confucius

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

A gentleman is calm and spacious: the vulgar are always fretting.

--Confucius

clear liquid on leaf

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.

--Confucius

red and white petaled flower close-up photography

The higher type of man clings to virtue, the lower type of man clings to material comfort. The higher type of man cherishes justice, the lower type of man cherishes the hope of favors to be received.

--Confucius

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

Character is the backbone of our human culture. Music is the flowering of character.

--Confucius

sunset

We are so busy doing the urgent that we don't have time to do the important.

--Confucius

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.

--Confucius

silhouette of kneeling man

Not knowing life, how can we know death? Why talk of spirits when you do not understand men?

--Confucius

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

The people may be made to follow a path of action but they may not be made to understand it.

--Confucius

mountains under white mist at daytime

True goodness springs from a man's own heart. All men are born good.

--Confucius

green trees under white sky during daytime

He who rules by moral force is like the pole star, which remains in place while all the lesser stars do homage to it.

--Confucius

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

--Confucius

silhouette of mountain under starry night

The person of benevolence never worries.

--Confucius

white brick wall

If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.

--Confucius

seashore during golden hour

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.

--Confucius

people walking on hallway

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

--Confucius

white and black bird

Return good for good; return evil with justice.

--Confucius

leafless tree on snow covered ground

A lack of patience in trifling matters might lead to the disruption of great project.

--Confucius

green sports court illustration

When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.

--Confucius

blue sky with stars during night time

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

--Confucius

rock mountain during starry night

If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.

--Confucius

black and yellow wall sconce

The gentleman calls attention to the good points in others; he does not call attention to their defects. The small man does just the reverse of this.

--Confucius

white rose enclosed photograph

Give a man a fish, feed home for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed for a lifetime.

--Confucius

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

How transcendent is the virtue of the middle conduct! Rare for a long time has been its practice among the people.

--Confucius

white desk lamp beside green plant

Do not wish for quick results, nor look for small advantages. If you seek quick results, you will not reach the ultimate goal. If you are led astray by small advantages, you will never accomplish great things.

--Confucius


low-angle photo of white daisy

There is never a case when the root is in order and yet the branches are in order.

--Confucius

elephants on green grass field during daytime

Transport a handful of earth everyday and you will make a mountain.

--Confucius

rainbow desert

The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

--Confucius

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

There is one single thread binding my way together...the way of the Master consists in doing one's best...that is all.

--Confucius

silhouette of kneeling man

There are three unfilial acts: the greatest of these is the failure to produce sons.

--Confucius

round black clock on linen

It's only in winter that the pine and cypress are known to be evergreens.

--Confucius



yellow sunflower in close up photography

A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him.

--Confucius

elephant play with brown sand

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

--Confucius

yellow pen

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.

--Confucius

photo of brown parquet

Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.

--Confucius


brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety.

--Confucius

men's white dress shirt

Baseball is wrong, man with four balls cannot walk.

--Confucius

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.

--Confucius

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.

--Confucius


grayscale photography of woman

The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.

--Confucius

green tree under blue sky during night time

A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.

--Confucius

yellow petaled flower screenshot

The main object of conciliation lies in reaching a solution to a case based upon morals and with a warm heart.

--Confucius

empty gray floor beside pool

The superior man, even when he is not moving, has a feeling of reverence, and while he speaks not, he has the feeling of truthfulness.

--Confucius


lighted candles on man's hand lying on the floor

Coarse rice to eat, water to drink, my bended arm for a pillow -- therein is happiness. Wealth and rank attained through immoral means are nothing but drifting clouds.

--Confucius

blue and white abstract painting

The superior person gathers his weapons together in order to provide against the unforeseen.

--Confucius

three books on surface

He who remembers from day to day what he has yet to learn, and from month to month what he has learned already, may be said to have a love of learning.

--Confucius

Arizona landscape

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

--Confucius

sunset

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

--Confucius

couple sitting on the field facing the city

A gentleman is ashamed to let his words outrun his deeds.

--Confucius

Bright orange to dark red gradient

If there were an honorable way to get rich, I'd do it, even if it meant being a stooge standing around with a whip. But there isn't an honorable way, so I just do what I like.

--Confucius

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

I know how the birds fly, how the fishes swim, how animals run. But there is the Dragon. I cannot tell how it mounts on the winds through the clouds and flies through heaven. Today I have seen the Dragon.

--Confucius

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

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

--Confucius

blue and black abstract painting

When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

--Confucius

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

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

--Confucius

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?

--Confucius


woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. When you say something, say what you know. When you don't know something, say you don't know. That is knowledge.

--Confucius

person holding green plant during daytime

Where words lose their meaning, people lose their lives.

--Confucius

blue wall during daytime

He is the truly courageous man who never desponds.

--Confucius

yellow green leaf

Care not for want of place; care for thy readiness to fill one. Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note.

--Confucius

yellow sunflower on white wall

I am not bothered by the fact that I am not understood. I am bothered when I do not know others.

--Confucius

Arizona landscape

A gentleman considers what is right; the vulgar consider what will pay.

--Confucius


mountain dew during sunrise

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

--Confucius

blue and white striped textile

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

--Confucius

analog clock at 5:55

To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content.

--Confucius

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful. How can the man be considered wise who when he had the choice does not settle in benevolence.

--Confucius

white wall paint with black line

Is there any one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely the maxim of loving kindness is such: Do not unto others what you would not they should do unto you.

--Confucius


aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness.

--Confucius

person with black tattoo on left hand

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.

--Confucius

yellow sunflower in close up photography

The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined mind of a peasant.

--Confucius

sunset

From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.

--Confucius

man and woman kissing under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Confucius

galaxy

The good man does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs.

--Confucius

pot on window with flowers

It is the law of nature that woman should be held under the dominance of man.

--Confucius

shallow focus photo of white rose

For benefits return benefits; for injuries return justice without any admixture of revenge.

--Confucius


brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.

--Confucius

solid background

If one learns from others, but does not think, one will be bewildered. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one will be in peril.

--Confucius

brown and black leaf in close up photography

It is better to live in peace than in bitterness and strife.

--Confucius

shallow focus photo of green leaves

Don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you.

--Confucius

woman singing on stage

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

--Confucius

green trees

As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.

--Confucius

pink tree

A picture is poem without words.

--Confucius

concert photos

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.

--Confucius

palm tree under orange sky

Slater soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive.

--Confucius

gray slabs

A man of wisdom delights in water.

--Confucius

red tulip in bloom close up photo

To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

--Confucius

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

--Confucius


silhouette of man and woman during sunset

Base yourself in loyalty and trust. Don't be companion with those who are not your moral equal. When you make a mistake, don't hesitate to correct it.

--Confucius

red metal bridge over river

The great mountain must collapse, the mighty beam must break and the wise man wither like a plant.

--Confucius

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

The funniest people are the saddest ones.

--Confucius

landscape photography of waves and clouds

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.

--Confucius

shallow focus photography of white flowers

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

--Confucius

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity.

--Confucius

black wooden louver door window

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come.

--Confucius

Longer Version:

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.


five woman standing on seashore

Wisdom delights in water; love delights in hills. Wisdom is stirring; love is quiet. Wisdom is merry; love grows old.

--Confucius

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it.

--Confucius

focus photography of chick on gray ground

To rank the effort above the prize may be called love.

--Confucius


green trees under white sky during daytime

Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness and yet live, his escape from death is mere good fortune.

--Confucius

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

The superior man sets his person at rest before he moves; he composes his mind before he speaks.

--Confucius

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.

--Confucius

toddlers standing outdoors

A good man regards the root; he fixes the root, and ail else flows out of it. The root is filial piety; the fruit brotherly love.

--Confucius


silhouette of stones during golden hour

With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things.

--Confucius

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.

--Confucius

purple flower

I do not want a friend who smiles when I smile, who weeps when I weep; for my shadow in the pool can do better than that.

--Confucius

white tulip flower in close up photography

People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.

--Confucius

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.

--Confucius

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.

--Confucius

macro shot photography of two votive candles

The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it.

--Confucius

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.

--Confucius

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

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

--Confucius

yellow and white color illustration

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.

--Confucius

pink flower petals in macro photography

The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler.

--Confucius


couple kissing under gray clouds

When frying small fish, disturb them little.

--Confucius

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.

--Confucius


sunset grasslands

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

--Confucius

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

The Three Armies can be deprived of their commanding officer, but even a common man cannot be deprived of his purpose.

--Confucius

selective photography of green leaf plant

Knowing something is not as good as liking it. Liking something is not as good as rejoicing in it.

--Confucius

brown and white dog in close-up photography

Time flows away like the water in the river.

--Confucius

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

If you did not do so for the sake of riches,You must have done so for the sake of novelty.

--Confucius

man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

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

--Confucius

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

Virtue is not solitary; it is bound to have neighbors.

--Confucius

lion on green grass during golden hour

There is good government when those who are near are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted.

--Confucius

man on running field

The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost.

--Confucius

three pink tulip flowers

It cannot be when the root is neglected that what springs from it will be well ordered.

--Confucius

silhouette of person kicking on mid air

When you have become one with the Great Universal, you will have no partiality, and when you are part of the process of transformation, you will have no rigidity.

--Confucius

purple lavender flower

Reviewing the day's lessons. Isn't it joyful? Friends come from far. Isn't it delightful? One has never been angry at other's misunderstanding. Isn't he a respectable man?

--Confucius

silhouette of man looking towards left

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.

--Confucius

silhouette of mountains during starry night

A workman who wants to do his work well must first prepare his tools.

--Confucius

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

There are not the weeds the ones that drown the good seed, but the negligence of the peasant.

--Confucius

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.

--Confucius

cloudy sky

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.

--Confucius

Arizona landscape

Never hesitate to ask a lesser person.

--Confucius

red blue yellow and red paint

Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.

--Confucius


shallow focus photography of person raising hand

Excess weakens the spirits.

--Confucius

red rose

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

--Confucius

purple flower

A gentleman can see a question from all sides without bias. The small man is biased and can see a question only from one side.

--Confucius

pink umbrella

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trial.

--Confucius

boat docked near house

Every man knows the smell of his own fart.

--Confucius

yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

Only one who bursts with enthusiasm do I instruct; Only one who bubbles with excitement do I enlighten. If I hold up one corner and you do not come back to me with the other three, I do not continue the lesson.

--Confucius

pink petaled flower

When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

--Confucius

beige concrete wall

The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxiety; and the bold from fear.

--Confucius

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

Who heeds not the future will find sorrow at hand.

--Confucius

white beans on white background

Words are the voice of the heart.

--Confucius


brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

When a man feels the difficulty of doing, can he be other than cautious and slow in speaking?

--Confucius

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

Roads were made for journeys not destinations.

--Confucius

brown wallpaper

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.

--Confucius

brown butterfly perched on flower

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.

--Confucius



bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude.

--Confucius

Longer Version:

To be fond of learning is to draw close to wisdom. To practice with vigor is to draw close to benevolence. To know the sense of shame is to draw close to courage. He who knows these three things knows how to cultivate his own character. Knowing how to cultivate his own character, he knows how to govern other men. Knowing how to govern other men, he knows how to govern the world, its states, and its families.


blue sky with stars during night time

The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree.

--Confucius

pink flower

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

--Confucius

person holding gray leaf

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

--Confucius

man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

He who works for his own interests will arouse much animosity.

--Confucius


aerial photo of foggy mountains

It is better to light one small candle of gratitude than to curse the darkness.

--Confucius

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient.

--Confucius

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

Make faithfulness and truth thy masters: have no friends unlike thyself: be not ashamed to mend thy faults.

--Confucius

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

The way of the superior man may be compared to what takes place in traveling, when to go to a distance we must first traverse the space that is near, and in ascending a height, when we must begin from the lower ground.

--Confucius

purple and white clouds during night time

To take what you know for what you know, and what you do not know for what you do not know, that is knowledge indeed.

--Confucius

brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

Be in harmony, yet be different.

--Confucius

green and black hummingbird

If you would govern a state of a thousand chariots (a small-to-middle-size state), you must pay strict attention to business, be true to your word, be economical in expenditure and love the people.

--Confucius

woman riding on skateboard during daytime

Heaven, in the production of things, is sure to be bountiful to them, according to their qualities. Hence the tree that is flourishing, it nourishes, while that which is ready to fall, it overthrows.

--Confucius

brown and gray mountains during daytime

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

--Confucius

person looking at the milkyway

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

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps.

--Confucius

sunset

Know what you know and know that you don't know what you don't know -- that is the characteristic of one who knows.

--Confucius

empty pathway

He who chases two rabbits, catches none.

--Confucius

white and blue ice in water

The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.

--Confucius

tan wallpaper

When a nation or family is about to flourish, there are sure to be happy omens; and when it is about to perish, there are sure to be unlucky omens.

--Confucius

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

The superior man limits his achievements.

--Confucius

desert grassland

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

--Confucius

Longer Version:

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
Confucius
This is a major problem in America, where greed, power, and money are the highest value. This creates a paranoia atmosphere.I mention this all the time, but first time I have ever seen it.


telescope

The demands that a great man makes are on himself; those of a petty man are upon others.

--Confucius

person on road at sunset

The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.

--Confucius

white wooden hut during daytime

To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

--Confucius

sunset

Knowledge without practice is useless. Practice without knowledge is dangerous.

--Confucius

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

To be poor without murmuring is difficult. To be rich without being proud is easy.

--Confucius


person with blue paint on hand

When the wind blows, the grass bends.

--Confucius

empty seashore near high-rise building

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

blue sky with white clouds

The archer who misses his mark does not blame the target. He stops, corrects himself and shoots again.

--Confucius

houses and trees during nighttime

He who acts with a constant view to his own advantage will be much murmured against.

--Confucius

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

The person who is not strong enough gives up at the halfway point -- but you are limiting yourself before even starting.

--Confucius

woman singing on stage

I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.

--Confucius

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.

--Confucius

white tulip flower in close up photography

A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.

--Confucius

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.

--Confucius

green trees on body of water during daytime

Does Heaven ever speak? The four seasons come and go, and all creatures thrive and grow. Does Heaven ever speak!

--Confucius

brown and white dog in close-up photography

Excess and deficiency are equally at fault.

--Confucius

boat on sea far away from island

The inner nature of man is the province of Music.

--Confucius

silhouette of tall trees

First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom. Only then can you have peace and harmony.

--Confucius

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.

--Confucius

woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

Men do not stumble over mountains, but over mole hills.

--Confucius

sunset

When admins have faults, they do not fear to ignore them.

--Confucius

red rose flower

To know everything is to know nothing, but to know nothing is to know everything.

--Confucius

raging waves through shores

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.

--Confucius

couple standing on grass field mountain

In his dealings with the world, the gentleman is not invariably for or against anything. He is on the side of what is moral.

--Confucius

Dark purple to red to orange gradient

Don't worry if you have no position: worry about making yourself worthy of one. Don't worry if you aren't known and admired: devote yourself to a life that deserves admiration.

--Confucius

silhouette photography of person

The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.

--Confucius

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

Cultivate the root; the leaves and branches will take care of themselves.

--Confucius


selective focus of common poppy flower

Just as lavishness leads easily to presumption, so does frugality to meanness. But meanness is a far less serious fault than presumption.

--Confucius

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.

--Confucius

brown mountain at nighttime

If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day.

--Confucius

pink and white clouds

The superior man... does not set his mind either for or against anything, he will pursue whatever is right. The superior man thinks of virtue, the common man of comfort.

--Confucius

shallow focus photo of white rose

Men of principle are sure to be bold,
but those who are bold may not always be men of principle.

--Confucius

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it.

--Confucius


bird in the sky

Lord Chi Wen thought three times before taking any action. When the Master heard this, he said: Twice is plenty enough.

--Confucius

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