ᐅ199+ Confucius Quotes and Sayings to Guide You in Life

“A heart set on love will do no wrong.”

"A heart set on love will do no wrong." ~ Confucius

"Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed." ~ Confucius

"To govern is to correct. If you set an example by being correct, who would dare to remain incorrect?" ~ Confucius

"Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things." ~ Confucius

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

"Women and people of low birth are very hard to deal with. If you are friendly to them, they get out of hand, and if you keep your distance, they resent it." ~ Confucius

“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does

"He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger... Men of superior mind busy themselves first getting at the root of things; when they succeed, the right course is open to them." ~ Confucius

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

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

"A man should practice what he preaches, but a man should also preach what he practices." ~ Confucius

"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

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

"Even if people do not know what real kindness is, they nonetheless have it within them." ~ Confucius

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

"A ruthless man extends his ruthlessness from those he does not love to those he loves." ~ Confucius

"A blemish may be removed from a diamond by careful polishing, but evil words once spoken cannot be effaced." ~ Confucius

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

"Lead the people with administrative injunctions and put them in their place with penal law, and they will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of shame. Lead them with excellence and put them in their place through roles and ritual practices, and in addition to developing a sense of shame, they will order themselves harmoniously" ~ Confucius

"If you reflect within yourself and find nothing to be ashamed of, how could you have anxiety or fear." ~ Confucius

"The vices come as passengers, visit us as guest and stay as masters." ~ Confucius

"He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own." ~ Confucius

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

"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." ~ Confucius

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

"Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety." ~ Confucius

"What the wise seek is in themselves" ~ Confucius

"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

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

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

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

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

"You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath" ~ Confucius

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

"Rotten wood cannot be carved." ~ Confucius

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

"The failure to cultivate virtue, the failure to examine and analyze what I have learned, the inability to move toward righteousness after being shown the way, the inability to correct my faults-these are the causes of my grief." ~ Confucius

"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." ~ Confucius

"The wise man admires water, the kind man admires mountains. The wise man moves, the kind man rests. The wise man is happy, the kind man is firm." ~ Confucius

"In dealing with the dead, if we treat them as if they were entirely dead, that would show a want of affection and should not be done; or, if we treat them as if they were entirely alive, that would show a want of wisdom and should not be done." ~ Confucius

"Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their States were rightly governed. Their States being rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy." ~ Confucius

"There are three degrees of filial piety. The highest is being a credit to our parents, the second is not disgracing them; the lowest is being able simply to support them." ~ Confucius

"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

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

"Have no friends not equal to yourself." ~ Confucius

"In ancient times, those who wished to illuminate the world with virtue first brought order to their nations. Wishing to order well their nations, they first harmonized their families. Wishing to harmonize their families, they first cultivated themselves. Wishing to cultivate themselves, they first rectified their minds. Those who wished to rectify their minds first made their intentions sincere." ~ Confucius

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

"A man without a mustache is a man without a soul." ~ Confucius

"Respect the gods, but have as little to do with them as possible." ~ Confucius

"Love should start from people close to us, then be extended to other people, to strangers, and eventually to the world" ~ Confucius

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

"Look closely into his aims, observe the means by which he pursues them, discover what brings him content - and can the man's real worth remain hidden from you?" ~ Confucius

"Some are born with knowledge, some derive it from study, and some acquire it only after a painful realization of their ignorance. But the knowledge being possessed, it comes to the same thing. Some study with a natural ease, some from a desire for advantages, and some by strenuous effort. But the achievement being made, it comes to the same thing." ~ Confucius

"Better than the one who knows what is right is the one who loves what is right." ~ Confucius

"To understand yourself is the key to wisdom." ~ Confucius

"Wisdom, humanity & courage, these three are universal virtues. The way by which they are practiced are one." ~ Confucius

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

"When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature, we have the pedant." ~ Confucius

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

"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." ~ Confucius

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

"Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors." ~ Confucius

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

"The man of upright life is obeyed before he speaks." ~ Confucius

"If the people are governed by laws and punishment is used to maintain order, they will try to avoid the punishment but have no sense of shame. If they are governed by virtue and rules of propriety are used to maintain order, they will have a sense of shame and will become good as well." ~ Confucius

"The Master said, At fifteen I set my heart upon learning. At thirty, I had planted my feet firm upon the ground. At forty, I no longer suffered from perplexities. At fifty, I knew what were the biddings of Heaven. At sixty, I heard them with docile ear. At seventy, I could follow the dictates of my own heart; for what I desired no longer overstepped the boundaries of righ." ~ Confucius

“To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence

"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

"Love of goodness without love of learning degenerates into simple-mindedness. Love of knowledge without love of learning degenerates into utter lack of principle. Love of faithfulness without love of learning degenerates into injurious disregard of consequences. Love of uprightness without love of learning degenerates into harshness. Love of courage without love of learning degenerates into insubordination. Love of strong character without love of learning degenerates into mere recklessness." ~ Confucius

"Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles." ~ Confucius

"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." ~ Confucius

"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

"In vain I have looked for a single man capable of seeing his own faults and bringing the charge home against himself." ~ Confucius

"The gentleman desires to be halting in speech but quick in action." ~ Confucius

"He who is harmony with Nature hits the mark without effort and apprehends the truth without thinking." ~ Confucius

"The proper man understands equity, the small man profits." ~ Confucius

"Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established" ~ Confucius

"There is nothing impossible in all the world except that the heart of man is wanting in resolution." ~ Confucius

"It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who never change." ~ Confucius

"You turn the handle the way it goes, not the way it ought to go" ~ Confucius

"What you dislike in your superiors, avoid doing to your inferiors. What you dislike in your inferiors, avoid doing when working for your superiors. What you hate in those who are in front of you, do not do to those behind you." ~ Confucius

"When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn." ~ Confucius

"The people may be put into the way they should go, though they may not be put into the way of understanding it." ~ Confucius

"If you devote your life to seeking revenge, first dig two graves." ~ Confucius

"Guide the people by law, subdue them by punishment; they may shun crime, but will be void of shame. Guide them by example, subdue them by courtesy; they will learn shame, and come to be good." ~ Confucius

"He who sling mud, lose ground." ~ Confucius

"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

"The gods should certainly be revered, but kept at a distance... . The way is not beyond man; he who creates a way outside of man cannot make it a true way. A good man is content with changing man, and that is enough for him." ~ Confucius

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

"Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society." ~ Confucius

"The love to Wisdom is getting closer to the own bright path." ~ Confucius

"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

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

"When a man comes to me, I accept him at his best, not at his worst. Why make so much ado? When a man washes his hands before paying a visit, and you receive him in that clean state, you do not thereby stand surety for his always having been clean in the past." ~ Confucius

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

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

"Words are the voice of the heart." ~ Confucius

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

"Sir, in carrying on your government, why should you use killing at all? Let your evinced desires be for what is good, and the people will be good. The relation between superiors and inferiors is like that between the wind and the grass. The grass must bend, when the wind blows across it." ~ Confucius

“Those whose courses are different cannot lay plans for one another.”

"Those whose courses are different cannot lay plans for one another." ~ Confucius

"Every man knows the smell of his own fart." ~ Confucius

"Those who are firm, enduring, simple and unpretentious are the nearest to virtue." ~ Confucius

“The highest kind of man is the one who does before talking and practices

"The highest kind of man is the one who does before talking and practices what he professes." ~ Confucius

"Never tire to study. And to teach to others" ~ Confucius

"Those who make virtue their profession are the ruin of virtue." ~ Confucius

"When you breathe, you inspire, and when you do not breathe, you expire." ~ Confucius

"He is the truly courageous man who never desponds." ~ Confucius

"A fool marvels at rare things, but a wise man at common ones." ~ Confucius

"It doesn't make a difference how gradually you go so long as you don't stop." ~ Confucius

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

"Sincerity becomes apparent. From being apparent, it becomes manifest. From being manifest, it becomes brilliant. Brilliant, it affects others. Affecting others, they are changed by it. Changed by it, they are transformed. It is only he who is possessed of the most complete sincerity that can exist under heaven, who can transform." ~ Confucius

"I used to take on trust a man's deeds after having listened to his words. Now having listened to a man's words I go on to observe his deeds." ~ Confucius

"The Master said, A gentleman, in his plans, thinks of the Way; he does not think how he is going to make a living. Even farming sometimes entails 5 times of shortage; and even learning may incidentally lead to high pay. But a gentleman's anxieties concern the progress of the Way; he has no anxiety concerning poverty." ~ Confucius

"It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin." ~ Confucius

"An angry man is full of poison." ~ Confucius

"Between friends, frequent reproofs make the friendship distant." ~ Confucius

"If I do not participate in the sacrifice, it is as if I did not sacrifice at all." ~ Confucius

"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

"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

"To think twice is quite enough." ~ Confucius

"It is true that we shall not be able to reach perfection, but in our struggle toward it we shall strengthen our characters and give stability to our ideas, so that, whilst ever advancing calmly in the same direction, we shall be rendered capable of applying the faculties with which we have been gifted to the best possible account." ~ Confucius

"There are 3 elements essential in the matters of the State, Food, Military equipment, and Confidence of the people in the ruler. Of these 3, Military Equipment is the least important, Food being the 2nd important, and Confidence of the people being the MOST important. All men rather die of starvation than in war, but nevertheless all men do die of old age. Lacking in Confidence from the people, a state cannot survive." ~ Confucius

"I do not enlighten those who are not eager to learn, nor arouse those who are not anxious to give an explanation themselves. If I have presented one corner of the square and they cannot come back to me with the other three, I should not go over the points again." ~ Confucius

"Confucius say... politician is one who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence after." ~ Confucius

"Excessive (population) growth may reduce output per worker, repress levels of living for the masses and engender strife" ~ Confucius

"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

"When we have intelligence resulting from sincerity, this condition is to be ascribed to nature; when we have sincerity resulting from intelligence, this condition is to be ascribed to instruction. But given the sincerity, and there shall be the intelligence; given the intelligence, and there shall be the sincerity." ~ Confucius

“To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.”

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." ~ Confucius

"Some may study side by side, and yet be asunder when they come to the logic of things." ~ Confucius

"Sincerity is the end and beginning of things; without sincerity there would be nothing." ~ Confucius

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

"If I were travelling with two partners, one virtuous and one dishonest, both would be useful as teachers. I would perceive what's good of the first one and I would imitate him whereas I would try to correct in me the defects I may see in the second one." ~ Confucius

"To err and not reform, this may indeed be called error." ~ Confucius

"Watch their actions, observe their motives, examine wherein they dwell content; won't you know what kind of person they are?" ~ Confucius

"In a district of ten families, there must be someone as honorable and sincere as I, but none as fond of learning." ~ Confucius

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

"Every piece of marble has a statue in it waiting to be released by a person of sufficient skill to chip away the unnecessary parts. Just as the sculptor is to the marble, so is education to the soul. It releases it. For only educated people are free people. You cannot create a statue by smashing the marble with a hammer, and you cannot by the force of arms release the spirit or the soul of people." ~ Confucius

"A man may not transgress the bounds of major morals, but may make errors in minor morals." ~ Confucius

"Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire." ~ Confucius

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

"They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom." ~ Confucius

"The Master said, If out of the three hundred songs I had to take one phrase to cover all my teachings, I would say 'Let there be no evil in your thoughts.'" ~ Confucius

"Clever talk and domineering manner have little to with being a Man at His Best." ~ Confucius

"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, seek to be worthy of being known." ~ Confucius

"A man exercising no forethought will soon experience present sorrow." ~ Confucius

"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

"If I am building a mountain and stop before the last basketful of earth is placed on the summit, I have failed." ~ Confucius

"Excess weakens the spirits." ~ Confucius

"Without goodness a man cannot endure adversity for long, nor can he enjoy prosperity for long. The good man is naturally at ease with goodness. The wise man cultivates goodness for its advantage." ~ Confucius

"Gentlemen should not waste their time on trivial games -- they should play go[3]" ~ Confucius

"Knowing what's correct and not doing it, it's the worst cowardice." ~ Confucius

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

"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

"In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself." ~ Confucius

"On matters beyond his ken a gentleman speaks with caution. If names are not right, words are misused. When words are misused, affairs go wrong. When affairs go wrong, courtesy and music droop, law and justice fail. And when law and justice fail them, a people can move neither hand nor foot. So a gentleman must be ready to put names in speech, to put words into deeds. A gentleman is nowise careless of words." ~ Confucius

"Who contains himself goes seldom wrong." ~ Confucius

"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

"Only after Winter comes do we know that the pine and the cypress are the last to fade." ~ Confucius

"From a grain of sand in the Pearl comes." ~ Confucius

“Silence is the true friend that never betrays.”

"Silence is the true friend that never betrays." ~ Confucius

"When the Superior Man eats he does not try to stuff himself; at rest he does not seek perfect comfort; he is diligent in his work and careful in speech. He avails himself to people of the Tao and thereby corrects himself. This is the kind of person of whom you can say, "he loves learning."" ~ Confucius

"Although your father and mother are dead, if you propose to yourself any good work, only reflect how it will make their names illustrious, and your purpose will be fixed." ~ Confucius

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

"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

"All men are born good." ~ Confucius

"There are three sorts of pleasures which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Finding pleasure in the discriminating study of ceremonies and music, finding pleasure in discussing the good points in the conduct of others, and finding pleasure in having many wise friends, these are advantageous. But finding pleasure in profligate enjoyments, finding pleasure in idle gadding about, and finding pleasure in feasting, these are injurious." ~ Confucius

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

"A man of wisdom delights in water." ~ Confucius

"When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again." ~ Confucius

"Friendship with the upright, with the truthful and with the well informed is beneficial. Friendship with those who flatter, with those who are meek and who compromise with principles, and with those who talk cleverly is harmful." ~ Confucius

"How should I know anything about another world when I know so little of this?" ~ Confucius

"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

"One who can move mountains start with the little stones." ~ Confucius

"The superior person tries to promote music as a means to the perfection of human culture. When such music prevails, and people's minds are led towards the right ideals and aspirations, we may see the appearance of a great nation." ~ Confucius

"Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly." ~ Confucius

"The young should be dutiful at home, modest abroad, careful and true, overflowing in kindness for all, but in brotherhood with love. And if they have strength to spare they should spend it on the arts." ~ Confucius

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

"To find the Tao, there is nowhere you need to search. If it is not inside you, it is not the Tao." ~ Confucius

"If my mind be not engaged in worship, it is as though I worshipped not." ~ Confucius

"A youth is to be regarded with respect." ~ Confucius

"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

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

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

"Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God." ~ Confucius

"We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves" ~ Confucius

"If the gentleman is not serious, he will not be respected, and his learning will not be on a firm foundation. He considers loyalty and faithfulness to be fundamental, has no friends who are not like him, and when he has made mistakes, he is not afraid of correcting them." ~ Confucius

"Let a man be stimulated by poetry, established by the rules of propriety, and perfected by music." ~ Confucius

"If I understand Change, I shall make no great mistake in Life" ~ Confucius

"Be faithful and true of word; let thy walk be plain and lowly: thou wilt get on, though in savage land. If thy words be not faithful and true, thy walk plain and lowly, wilt thou get on, though in thine own home? Standing, see these words ranged before thee; driving, see them written upon the yoke. Then thou wilt get on." ~ Confucius

"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

"Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away." ~ Confucius

"The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does the reverse. . . . The nobler sort of man pays special attention to nine points. He is anxious to see clearly, to hear distinctly, to be kindly in his looks, respectful in his demeanor, conscientious in his speech, earnest in his affairs. When in doubt, he is careful to inquire; when in anger, he thinks of the consequences; when offered an opportunity for gain, he thinks only of his duty." ~ Confucius

"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

"he who will not economize will agonize" ~ Confucius

"The funniest people are the saddest once" ~ Confucius

"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." ~ Confucius

"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

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

"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

“Wisdom delights in water; love delights in hills. Wisdom is stirring;

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

"The cautious seldom err." ~ Confucius

"In language clarity is everything." ~ 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

“Learning, undigested by thought, is labor lost.”

"Learning, undigested by thought, is labor lost." ~ Confucius

"The gentleman holds justice to be of highest importance. If a gentleman has courage but neglects justice, he becomes insurgent. If an inferior man has courage but neglects justice, he becomes a thief." ~ Confucius

“To prefer it is better than to only know it. To delight in it is better than

"To prefer it is better than to only know it. To delight in it is better than merely to prefer it." ~ Confucius

"The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit.” (Analects 4.16)" ~ Confucius

"A gentleman wishes to be slow to speak and quick to act." ~ Confucius

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

"Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue." ~ Confucius

"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

"The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete." ~ Confucius

"Look for an occupation that you like, and you will not need to labor for a single day in your life." ~ Confucius

"Be aroused by poetry; structure yourself with propriety, refine yourself with music." ~ Confucius

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

"Everyone calls his son his son, whether he has talents or has not talents." ~ Confucius

"The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.” (Analects 4.9)" ~ Confucius

"We should not be too familiar with the lower orders or with women." ~ Confucius

"What Heaven has conferred is called The Nature; an accordance with this nature is called The Path of duty; the regulation of this path is called Instruction. The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path." ~ Confucius

"I transmit but do not create. I place my trust in the teachings of antiquity." ~ Confucius

"The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step." ~ Confucius

"A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet." ~ Confucius

"Don't be concerned about others not appreciating you. Be concerned about your not appreciating others." ~ Confucius

"If a man remembers what is right at the sign of profit, is ready to lay down his life in the face of danger, and does not forget sentiments he has repeated all his life when he has been in straitened circumstances for a long time, he may be said to be a complete man." ~ Confucius

"place where man laughs, sings, picks flowers, chases butterflies and pets birds, makes love with maidens, and plays with children. Here he spontaneously reveals his nature, the base as well as the noble. Here also he buries his sorrows and difficulties and cherishes his ideals and hopes. It is in the garden that men discover themselves. Indeed one discovers not only his real self but also his ideal self?he returns to his youth. Inevitably the garden is made the scene of man's merriment, escapades, romantic abandonment, spiritual awakening or the perfection of his finer self." ~ Confucius

"She who is born with beauty is born with a sorrow for many a man." ~ Confucius

"He who crosses the ocean twice without washing is a dirty double crosser." ~ Confucius

"I have never seen one who really loves goodness or one who really hates wickedness. One who really loves goodness will not place anything above it. One who really hates wickedness will practice goodness in such a way that wickedness will have no chance to get at him. Is there anyone who has devoted his whole strength to doing good for even as long as a single day? I have not seen anyone give up such an attempt because he had not the strength to go on. Perhaps there is such a case, but I have never seen it." ~ Confucius

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

"When superiors are fond of showing their humanity, inferiors try to outstrip one another in their practice of it." ~ Confucius

"A gentleman is ashamed to let his words outrun his deeds." ~ Confucius

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

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

"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

"Among the appliances to transform the people, sound and appearances are but trivial influences." ~ Confucius

"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

"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

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

"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

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

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

"A man living without conflicts, as if he never lives at all." ~ Confucius

"I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it." ~ Confucius

"Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not do to others what thou wouldst not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf." ~ Confucius

"The Master said, The case is like that of someone raising a mound. If he stops working, the fact that it perhaps needed only one more basketful makes no difference; I stay where I am. Whereas even if he has not got beyond leveling the ground, but is still at work, the fact that he has only tilted one basketful of earth makes no difference. I go to help him." ~ Confucius

"If you don't know how to serve men, why worry about serving the gods?" ~ Confucius

"The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them." ~ Confucius

"The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home." ~ Confucius

"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

"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

"Gentlemen cherish worth; the vulgar cherish dirt. Gentlemen trust in justice; the vulgar trust in favor." ~ Confucius

"Every thoughtful pin on Pinterest has beauty. But not everyone can see." ~ Confucius

"Ah, music, sacred tongue of God! I hear thee calling and I come." ~ Confucius

"The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue." ~ Confucius

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

"A man who reviews the old so as to find out the new is qualified to teach others." ~ Confucius

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

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

"Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity." ~ Confucius

"Clever talk can confound the workings of virtue, just as small impatiences can confound great projects." ~ Confucius

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

"The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he who will not economize will have to agonize." ~ Confucius

"A gentleman does not promote a man on account of what he says; nor does he reject sayings, because the speaker is what he is." ~ Confucius

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

"Let a ruler base his government upon virtuous principles, and he will be like the pole-star, which remains steadfast in its place, while all the host of stars turn towards it" ~ Confucius

"Is any one able for one day to apply his strength to virtue? I have not seen the case in which his strength would be sufficient." ~ Confucius

"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

"The superior man undergoes three changes. Looked at from a distance, he appears stern; when approached, he is mild; when he is heard to speak, his language is firm and decided." ~ Confucius

"The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends - such a man may be reckoned a complete man." ~ Confucius

"Man who eat many prunes get good run for money." ~ Confucius

"A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, in desiring attaining himself, helps others to attain." ~ Confucius

"Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire." ~ Confucius

"The superior man governs men, according to their nature, with what is proper to them, and as soon as they change what is wrong, he stops." ~ Confucius

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

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

"Those who break down the dikes will themselves be drowned in the inundation." ~ Confucius

"Who expects to be able to go out of a house except by the door? How is it then that no one follows this Way of ours?" ~ Confucius

"He who keeps danger in mind, is he who will rest safe in his seat; he who keeps ruin in mind, is he who will preserve his interests secure." ~ Confucius

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

"Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished." ~ Confucius

“A truly great man never puts away the simplicity of a child.”

"A truly great man never puts away the simplicity of a child." ~ Confucius

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

"In teaching there should be no distinction of classes." ~ Confucius

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

"Isn't it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned? Isn't it also great when friends visit from distant places? If one remains not annoyed when he is not understood by people around him, isn't he a sage?" ~ Confucius

"What the great learning teaches, is to illustrate illustrious virtue; to renovate the people; and to rest in the highest excellence." ~ Confucius

"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

"In a State, pecuniary gain is not to be considered to be prosperity, but its prosperity will be found in righteousness." ~ Confucius

"A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace." ~ Confucius

"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

"Be loyal to yourself, charitable to neighbours, nothing more." ~ Confucius

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

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

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

"When frying small fish, disturb them little." ~ Confucius

"From the loving example of one family a whole State may become loving, and from its courtesies, courteous; while from the ambition and perverseness of the one man the whole State may be thrown into rebellious disorder. Such is the nature of influence." ~ Confucius

"If names are not correct, then language is not in accord with the truth of things. If language is not in accord with the truth of things, then affairs cannot be carried out successfully." ~ Confucius

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

"A superior man may be made to go to the well, but he cannot be made to go down into it. He may be imposed upon, but he cannot be fooled." ~ Confucius

"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

"Heaven gives long life to the just and the intelligent." ~ Confucius

"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

"The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear." ~ Confucius