Confucius Quotes

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

Zeal Quotes

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Yearbook Quotes, Graduation Quotes, Heart Quotes

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.

Worth Quotes


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.

Character Quotes, Worth Quotes

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

Wealth Quotes, Poverty Quotes

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

Learning Quotes, Thought Quotes

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

Thought Quotes

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

Success Quotes

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

Success Quotes, Failure Quotes

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

Sorrow Quotes

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

Silence Quotes

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

Boredom Quotes, Revenge Quotes

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

Respect Quotes, Feeling Quotes, Men Quotes

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.

Desire Quotes, Excellence Quotes, Potential Quotes

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.

Stress Quotes, Ability Quotes, Limitations Quotes, Men Quotes

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.

Men Quotes

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Change Quotes, Men Quotes

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.

Love Quotes, Work Quotes

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

Love Quotes, Life Quotes, Work Quotes

You cannot open a book without learning something.

Learning Quotes

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

Strength Quotes, Integrity Quotes

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

Knowledge Quotes, Ignorance Quotes

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

Honor Quotes, Attention Quotes

Heaven means to be one with God.

Heaven Quotes

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

Worry Quotes, Fear Quotes, Heart Quotes

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

Action Quotes, Goal Quotes

Study the past, if you would divine the future.

Future Quotes

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

Fear Quotes

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

Desire Quotes

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

Courage Quotes

To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.

Courage Quotes

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

Beginning Quotes

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Beauty Quotes

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.

Truth Quotes, Anger Quotes, Art Quotes

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

Great Quotes, Anger Quotes

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

Anger Quotes

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.

Age Quotes

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

Ability Quotes

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

Ability Quotes

The object of the superior man is truth.

Truth Quotes

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

Trust Quotes

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

Great Quotes, Time Quotes

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

Knowledge Quotes

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.

Knowledge Quotes

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.

Change Quotes

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

Action Quotes

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

Action Quotes

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

Action Quotes

4 Top Confucius quotes about Wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Wisdom Quotes, Experience Quotes, Reflection Quotes, Imitation Quotes

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.

Wisdom Quotes, Experience Quotes, Reflection Quotes, Imitation Quotes

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

Wisdom Quotes, Courage Quotes, Compassion Quotes

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

Wisdom Quotes, Change Quotes, Happiness Quotes

6 Famous Confucius quotes about Virtue

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.

Exercise Quotes, Virtue Quotes

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

Circumstances Quotes, Kindness Quotes, Practice Quotes, Virtue Quotes, Generosity Quotes

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

Virtue Quotes

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

Virtue Quotes

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

Practice Quotes, Virtue Quotes

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.

Virtue Quotes, Humility Quotes

5 Popular Confucius quotes about Life

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

Death Quotes, Life Quotes, Rich Quotes, Honor Quotes, Heaven Quotes

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

Life Quotes

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

Life Quotes

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

Death Quotes, Life Quotes

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

Life Quotes, Work Quotes, Expectations Quotes