ᐅ199+ Confucius Quotes and Sayings to Guide You in Life

"Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it." ~ Confucius

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

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

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

"To be excellent when engaged in administration is to be like the North Star. As it remains in its one position, all the other stars surround it." ~ Confucius

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

"Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven." ~ Confucius

"Man is born with uprightness. If one loses it, he will be lucky if he escapes with his life." ~ Confucius

"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

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

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

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

"Only by perfect virtue can the perfect path, in all its courses, be made a fact." ~ Confucius

"Wealth and rank are what men desire, but unless they be obtained in the right way they may not be possessed. Poverty and obscurity are what men detest; but unless prosperity be brought about in the right way, they are not to be abandoned." ~ Confucius

"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

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

"The man of humanity delights in mountains" ~ Confucius

"Make fair agreements and stick to them" ~ Confucius

"Be sincere and true to your word, serious and careful in your actions; and you will get along even among barbarians, But if you are not sincere and untrustworthy in your speech, frivolous and careless in your actions, how will you get along even among your own neighbors? When stand, see these principles in front of you; in your carriage see them on the yoke. Then you may be sure to get along." ~ Confucius

"If you don't want to do something,don't impose on others" ~ Confucius

"Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish." ~ Confucius

"Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue." ~ Confucius

"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

"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

"Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety." ~ Confucius

"Rate the task above the prize; will not the mind be raised? Fight thine own faults, not the faults of others; will not evil be mended?" ~ Confucius

“The end of the day is near when small men make long shadows.

"The end of the day is near when small men make long shadows." ~ Confucius

"How abundantly do spiritual beings display the powers that belong to them! We look for them, but do not see them; we listen to, but do not hear them; yet they enter into all things, and there is nothing without them." ~ Confucius

"Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness." ~ Confucius

"If proper in their own conduct, what difficulty would they have in governing? But if not able to be proper in their own conduct, how can they demand such conduct from others?" ~ Confucius

"Who keeps the old akindle and adds new knowledge is fitted to be a teacher." ~ Confucius

"Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator." ~ Confucius

"I have yet to meet a man as fond of high moral conduct as he is of outward appearances." ~ Confucius

"The inner nature of man is the province of Music." ~ Confucius

"The small man thinks that small acts of goodness are of no benefit, and does not do them; and that small deeds of evil do no harm, and does not refrain from them. Hence, his wickedness becomes so great that it cannot be concealed, and his guilt so great that it cannot be pardoned." ~ Confucius

"I followed my heart without breaking any rules." ~ Confucius

"There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth ... lust. When he is strong ... quarrelsomeness. When he is old ... covetousness." ~ Confucius

"The administration of government lies in getting proper men. Such men are to be got by means of the ruler's own character. That character is to be cultivated by his treading in the ways of duty. And the treading those ways of duty is to be cultivated by the cherishing of benevolence." ~ Confucius

"If you don't know the life yet, how could be possible for you to know the death?" ~ Confucius

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

"In the Book of Poetry there are three hundred poems, but the meaning of all of them may be put in a single sentence: Have no debasing thoughts." ~ Confucius

"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

"It is the obligation of the ruler to continually renew himself in order to renew the people by his example." ~ Confucius

"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

"Who heeds not the future will find sorrow at hand" ~ Confucius

"When prosperity comes, do not use all of it." ~ Confucius

"At seventy, I could follow the dictates of my own heart; for what I desired no longer overstepped the boundaries of right." ~ Confucius

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

"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

"If a man sets his heart on benevolence he will be free from evil." ~ Confucius

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

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

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

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

"If we don't know life, how can we know death?" ~ Confucius

"When there are duties to perform [true] servants and sons serve their labors." ~ Confucius

"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

"Guide them by edicts, keep them in line with punishments, and the common people will stay out of trouble but will have no sense of shame. Guide them by virtue, keep them in line with the rites, and they will, besides having a sense of shame, reform themselves." ~ Confucius

"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

"A country of a thousand war-chariots cannot be administered unless the ruler attends strictly to business, punctually observes his promises, is economical in expenditure, loves the people, and uses the labor of the peasantry only at the proper times of year." ~ Confucius

"He who works for his own interests will arouse much animosity" ~ Confucius

“If a man in the morning hear the right way, he may die in the evening without regret.”

"If a man in the morning hear the right way, he may die in the evening without regret." ~ Confucius

"If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything." ~ Confucius

"Eat at your own as you would the table of a king." ~ Confucius

"The superior man is universally minded and no partisan. The inferior man is a partisan and not universal." ~ Confucius

"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

"To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed, is modesty; to discover them to one's friends in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to preach them to all the world, if one does not take care, is pride." ~ Confucius

"When abroad, behaveto everyone as if interviewing an honored guest; in directing the people, act as if you were assisting at a great sacrafice; DO NOT DO TO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD NOT LIKE DONE TO YOURSELF: so there will be no murmuring against you in the country, and none in the family; your public life will arouse no ill-will nor your private life any resentment." ~ Confucius

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

"One who is by nature daring and is suffering from poverty will not long be law-abiding. Indeed, any men, save those that are truly good, if their sufferings are very great, will be likely to rebel." ~ Confucius

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

"True knowledge is when one knows the limitations of one's knowledge." ~ Confucius

"That a man lives is because he is straight. That a man who dupes others survives is because he has been fortunate enough to be spared." ~ Confucius

"Earnest in practicing the ordinary virtues, and careful in speaking about them, if, in his practice, he has anything defective, the superior man dares not but exert himself; and if, in his words, he has any excess, he dares not allow himself such license." ~ Confucius

"You can successfully force people to follow a certain course, but you cannot force them to understand it." ~ Confucius

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

“Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be

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

"True wisdom is knowing what you don't know" ~ Confucius

"Do not let a leader lead you on a bad path." ~ Confucius

"If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others." ~ Confucius

"Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame." ~ Confucius

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

"What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others." ~ Confucius

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

"The Master said of Gong Yechang, “He is marriageable. Although he was once imprisoned and branded as a criminal, he was in fact innocent of any crime.” The Master gave him his daughter in marriage. (Analects 5.1)" ~ Confucius

"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

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

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

"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

"Listen much, keep silent when in doubt, and always take heed of the tongue; thou wilt make few mistakes. See much, beware of pitfalls, and always give heed to thy walk; thou wilt have little to rue. If thy words are seldom wrong, thy deeds leave little to rue, pay will follow." ~ Confucius

"He who flatters a man is his enemy. he who tells him of his faults is his maker." ~ Confucius

"Knowledge is recognizing what you know and what you don't." ~ Confucius

"When you see a good man, think of emulating him; when you see a bad man, examine your own heart." ~ Confucius

"When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves." ~ Confucius

"The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live." ~ Confucius

"If one leads them with administrative measures and uses punishments to make them conform, the people will be evasive, but if one leads them with virtue, they will come up to expectations." ~ Confucius

"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

"A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar." ~ Confucius

“He who take cookie to bed have crummy night ahead.”

"He who take cookie to bed have crummy night ahead." ~ Confucius

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

"Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar." ~ Confucius

"We should worship as though the deity were present." ~ Confucius

"Here is an example of Confucius sayings: "It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." In a few words, Confucius teaches us about patience, perseverance, discipline, and hard work. But if you probe further, you will see more layers. Confucius' philosophies have significantly influenced spiritual and social thought. His views bear insight and depth of wisdom. You can apply his teachings in every sphere of life. Confucius' profound teachings are based on humanism." ~ Confucius

"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

"He who is really good can never be unhappy. He who is really wise can never be perplexed. He who is really brave is never afraid." ~ Confucius

“An inch of time on the sundial is worth more than a foot of jade.”

"An inch of time on the sundial is worth more than a foot of jade." ~ Confucius

"The superior man honors his virtuous nature, and maintains constant inquiry and study, seeking to carry it out to its breadth and greatness, so as to omit none of the more exquisite and minute points which it embraces, and to raise it to its greatest height and brilliancy." ~ Confucius

"As in the case of making a mound, if, before the very last basketful, I stop, then I shall have stopped. As in the case of leveling the ground, if, though tipping only one basketful, I am going forward, then I shall be making progress." ~ Confucius

"A good man does not worry about not being known by others, but rather is concerned about not knowing them." ~ Confucius

"A good man will certainly also possess courage; but a brave man is not necessarily good." ~ Confucius

"Ceremonies are the first thing to be attended to in the practice of government." ~ Confucius

"To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short." ~ Confucius

"The Master said, "Wealth and honor are things that all people desire, and yet unless they are acquired in the proper way I will not abide them. Poverty and disgrace are things that all people hate, and yet unless they are avoided in the proper way I will not despise them. If the gentleman abandons ren, how can he be worthy of that name? The gentleman does not violate ren even for the amount of time required to eat a meal. Even in times of urgency or distress, he does not depart from it."" ~ Confucius

"The wise men of antiquity, when they wished to make the whole world peaceful and happy, first put their own States into proper order. Before putting their States into proper order, they regulated their own families. Before regulating their families, they regulated themselves. Before regulating themselves, they tried to be sincere in their thoughts. Before being sincere in their thoughts, they tried to see things exactly as they really were." ~ Confucius

"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

"If I hold up one corner of a square and the student cannot workout the other three for himself, I won't go any further." ~ Confucius

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

"An angry person is always full of poison." ~ Confucius

"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

"Not to mend one's ways when one has erred is to err indeed." ~ Confucius

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

"A knight whose heart is set upon the Way, but who is ashamed of wearing shabby clothes and eating coarse food, is not worth calling into counsel." ~ Confucius

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

"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

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

"To love a thing means wanting it to live." ~ Confucius

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

"Not to converse with a man worthy of conversation is to waste the man. To converse with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. The wise waste neither men nor words." ~ Confucius

"The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease." ~ Confucius

"Humanity is the equity of the heart." ~ Confucius

"One joy dispels a hundred cares." ~ Confucius

"I used to listen to what others said, and expect them to act accordingly. But nowadays, I listen to what they say, and then observe what they do." ~ Confucius

"Do unto others what you want done unto you." ~ Confucius

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

"When the wind blows,the grass bends." ~ Confucius

"Bird in hand makes it harder to blow nose." ~ Confucius

"Never seek illicit wealth." ~ Confucius

"A person of character takes as much trouble to discover what is right as the lesser men take to discover what will pay." ~ Confucius

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

"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

"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

"The superior man, while his parents are alive, reverently nourishes them; and, when they are dead, reverently sacrifices to them. His thought to the end of his life is how not to disgrace them." ~ Confucius

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

"To throw oneself into strange teachings is quite dangerous." ~ Confucius

"Which demands a lot of himself and some others, will be free from hatred." ~ Confucius

"The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path." ~ Confucius

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

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

"The Master said, "A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present."" ~ Confucius

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

"The Master said, “If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment." ~ Confucius

"The demands that good people make are upon themselves; Those that bad people make are upon others." ~ Confucius

"He who chases two rabbits catches none." ~ Confucius

"If either wealth or poverty are come by honesty, there is no shame." ~ Confucius

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

"The object of the superior man is truth." ~ Confucius

"Grieve not that men do not know you; grieve that you do not know men." ~ Confucius

"Whatever heaven ordains is best." ~ Confucius

"To give oneself ernestly to securing righteousness and justice among the people, and while respecting the gods and demons, to keep aloof from them, that may be called wisdom." ~ Confucius

"The Superior Man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing." ~ Confucius

"It is better to live in peace than in bitterness and strife" ~ Confucius

"Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough." ~ Confucius

"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

"If you know, say you know. If you don't know, say you don't know." ~ Confucius

"The virtuous will be sure to speak uprightly; but those whose speech is upright may not be virtuous." ~ Confucius

"Do not treat others as you yourself would not be treated." ~ Confucius

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

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

"In your promises cleave to what is right, And you will be able to fulfill your word." ~ Confucius

"Not too isolated, not too many relationships, the middle, that's wisdom." ~ Confucius

"When three persons work together, each can be the teacher in some aspects" ~ Confucius

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

"One dedicated worker is worth a thousand slaves." ~ Confucius

"I am not an originator but a transmitter." ~ Confucius

"The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it." ~ Confucius

"Heaven is author of the virtue that is in me" ~ Confucius

"One who has accumulated virtue will certainly also possess eloquence; but he who has eloquence doe not necessarily possess virtue." ~ Confucius

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

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

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

"Ceremonies are the first thing to be attended to in the practice of government." ~ Confucius

"A man should demand much from himself, but little from others. When you meet a man of worth, think how you may attain to his excellence. When you meet an unworthy one, then look within and examine yourself." ~ Confucius

"Past scholars studied to improve themselves; Today's scholars study to impress others." ~ Confucius

"If Language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant. If what is said is not what is meant, then what ought to be done, remains undone." ~ Confucius

"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

"Love makes a spot beautiful: who chooses not to dwell in love, has he got wisdom?" ~ Confucius

"The Master said, "To study, and then in a timely fashion to practice what you have learned - is this not satisfying? To have companions arrive from afar - is this not a joy? To remain unrecognized by others and yet remain free of resentment - is this not the mark of the gentleman?"" ~ Confucius

"A youth, when at home, should be filial, and, abroad, respectful to his elders." ~ Confucius

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

"Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods." ~ Confucius

“The great mountain must collapse, the mighty beam must break and the wise

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

"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

"The only people who cannot change are the most wise and the most stupid." ~ Confucius

"If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous; if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength; if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life; if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has." ~ Confucius

"The Path is not far from man. When men try to pursue a course, which is far from the common indications of consciousness, this course cannot be considered The Path." ~ Confucius

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

"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

"The superior man * * * in regard to his speech * * * is anxious that it should be sincere." ~ Confucius

"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

“Among us, in our part of the country, those who are upright are different from this.

"Among us, in our part of the country, those who are upright are different from this. The father conceals the misconduct of the son, and the son conceals the misconduct of the father. Uprightness is to be found in this." ~ Confucius

"If the search for riches were sure to be successful, though I should become a groom with a whip in my hand to get them, I will do so. As the search may not be successful, I will follow after that which I love." ~ Confucius

"those who understands is not better than those who appreciates, those who appreciates is not better than those who enjoys." ~ Confucius

“How transcendent is the virtue of the middle conduct! Rare for a long

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

"Behind every smile there's teeth." ~ Confucius

"Don't use cannon to kill musquito." ~ Confucius

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

"What is necessary is to rectify names." ~ Confucius

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

"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

"The superior man is distressed by his want (lack) of ability" ~ Confucius

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

"Behave when away from home as though you were in the presence of an honored guest. Employ the people as though you were assisting at an important sacrifice. Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no feelings of opposition to you, whether it is the affairs of a state that you are handling or the affairs of a family." ~ Confucius

"The Master said, I set my heart on the Way, base myself on virtue, lean upon benevolence for support and take my recreation in the arts." ~ Confucius

"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

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

"By the ruler's cultivation of his own character there is set up the example of the course which all should pursue." ~ Confucius

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

"Do not unto another that you would hot have him do unto you. Thou needest this law alone. It is the foundation of all the rest." ~ Confucius

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

"A father's and a mother's age must be borne in mind; with joy on the one hand, fear on the other." ~ Confucius

"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

"Thought, unassisted by learning, is dangerous." ~ Confucius

"If I am virtuous and worthy, for whom should I not maintain a proper concern?" ~ Confucius

"A good man does not make a warrior, just as good steel does not go for nails." ~ Confucius

“Care not for want of place; care for thy readiness to fill one.

"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

"While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits of the dead...While you do not know life, how can you know about death" ~ 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

"The strongest memory is not as strong as the weakest ink." ~ Confucius

"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

"Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you." ~ Confucius

"Good is no hermit. It has ever neighbors." ~ Confucius

"I have not seen one who loves virtue as he loves beauty." ~ Confucius

"Faithfulness and sincerity first of all." ~ Confucius

"Labor, but slight not meditation; meditate, but slight not labor." ~ Confucius

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

“Justice for All in the World

"Justice for All in the World" ~ Confucius

"Baseball is wrong, man with four balls cannot walk" ~ Confucius

"I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known." ~ Confucius

"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

"I saw some piglets suckling their dead mother. After a short while they shuddered and went away. They had sensed that she could no longer see them and that she wasn't like them any more. What they loved in their mother wasn't her body, but whatever it was that made her body live." ~ Confucius

"If an urn lacks the characteristics of an urn, how can we call it an urn?" ~ Confucius

“Virtue is not solitary; it is bound to have neighbors”

"Virtue is not solitary; it is bound to have neighbors" ~ Confucius

"The rich fool is like a pig that is choked by its own fat." ~ Confucius

"Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes." ~ Confucius

"Let mourning stop when one's grief is fully expressed." ~ Confucius

"The commander of the forces of a large State may be carried off, but the will of even a common man cannot be taken from him." ~ Confucius

"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

"Straight-forwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness." ~ Confucius

"Many seek happiness higher than men; others beneath him. But happiness is the same height as man." ~ Confucius

“With a heavy load and a long journey”

"With a heavy load and a long journey" ~ Confucius

"Though Confucius served the Duke of Lu, a Chinese state, he made many enemies with the nobles of the land. His views antagonized the powerful nobles, who wanted the Duke to be a puppet in their hands. Confucius was exiled from the State of Lu for more than two decades. He lived in the countryside, spreading his teachings." ~ Confucius

"All things are already complete in oneself." ~ Confucius

"All things are nourished together without their injuring one another. The courses of the seasons, and of the sun and moon, are pursued without any collision among them. The smaller energies are like river currents; the greater energies are seen in mighty transformations. It is this which makes heaven and earth so great." ~ Confucius

"If a man is not good, what has he to do with the rules of propriety? If he is not good, what has he to do with music?" ~ Confucius

"Even four harnessed horses cannot bring imprudent words back into the mouth." ~ Confucius

"He who kisses girl on hillside is not level" ~ Confucius

"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

“When a man feels the difficulty of doing, can he be other than cautious

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

"The superior man does not mind being in office; all he minds about is whether he has qualities that entitle him to office. He does not mind failing to get recognition; he is too busy doing the things that entitle him to recognition." ~ Confucius

"If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame." ~ Confucius

"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

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

"Being in humaneness is good. If we select other goodness and thus are far apart from humaneness, how can we be the wise?" ~ Confucius

"If a superior man abandon virtue, how can he fulfil the requirements of that name?" ~ Confucius

"Only the supremely wise and the ignorant do not alter." ~ Confucius

"A picture is poem without words." ~ Confucius

"Heaven begat Virtue in me; what can man do unto me?" ~ Confucius

"To learn and from time to time to apply what one has learned - isn't that a pleasure?" ~ Confucius

"The whole end of speech is to be understood." ~ Confucius

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

"Kong Qiu, or Master Kong as he was known, did not live to see his days of glory. During his lifetime, his views were received with scorn. But that was about two thousand five hundred years ago. A handful of his dedicated followers passed on Confucius' teachings to future generations. After Confucius' death, his followers published his teachings in the book, The Analects of Confucius." ~ Confucius

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

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

"A Nation's character is typified by its dancers." ~ 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

"To study and at times practice what one has learned, is this not a pleasure?" ~ Confucius

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

"There are some with whom we may study in common, but we shall find them unable to go along with us to principles. Perhaps we may go on with them to principles, but we shall find them unable to get established in those along with us. Or if we may get so established along with them, we shall find them unable to weigh occurring events along with us." ~ Confucius

"Don't make to others what you don't want them to make to you." ~ Confucius

"At fifteen my mind was directed to study, and at thirty I knew where to stand." ~ Confucius

"The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety." ~ Confucius

"How great is the path proper to the Sage! Like overflowing water, it sends forth and nourishes all things, and rises up to the height of heaven. All-complete is its greatness! It embraces the three hundred rules of ceremony, and the three thousand rules of demeanor. It waits for the proper man, and then it is trodden. Hence it is said, 'Only by perfect virtue can the perfect path, in all its courses, be made a fact.'" ~ Confucius

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

"What you know, you know, what you don't know, you don't know. This is true wisdom." ~ Confucius

"There is no body but eats and drinks. But they are few who can distinguish flavors." ~ Confucius

"If language is not rectified, words do not correspond to meaning, and if words do not correspond to meaning, our deeds cannot be accomplished." ~ Confucius

"I never really said all those things I said" ~ Confucius

"I could see peace instead of this." ~ Confucius

"Learning without thought is labour lost." ~ Confucius

"The superior man accords with the course of the Mean. Though he may be all unknown, unregarded by the world, he feels no regret - It is only the sage who is able for this." ~ Confucius

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

"Woman is the masterpiece." ~ Confucius

"Never overlook wallflower at dance; may be dandelion in grass." ~ Confucius

"When admins have faults, they do not fear to ignore them" ~ Confucius

"Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand." ~ Confucius

"There is a growing interest in Confucianism in China and other parts of the world. More and more followers of Confucianism are advocating a deeper study of his philosophies. Confucius' ideals stand true even today. His philosophy on how to be a Junzi or the perfect gentleman is based on the simple ideology of love and tolerance." ~ Confucius

"One who will study for three years. Without thought of reward. Would be hard indeed to find." ~ Confucius

"A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present? If he reach the age of forty or fifty, and has not made himself heard of, then indeed he will not be worth being regarded with respect." ~ Confucius

"Wouldst thou know if a people be well governed, or if its laws be good or bad, examine the music it practices." ~ Confucius

"There may be men who act without understanding why. I do not. To listen much, pick out the good and follow it; to see much and ponder it: this comes next to understanding." ~ Confucius

“The man of noble mind seeks to achieve the good in others and not their evil.

"The man of noble mind seeks to achieve the good in others and not their evil. The little-minded man is the reverse of this." ~ Confucius