42 Incredible Confucianism Quotes

42 Incredible Confucianism Quotes

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Confucius was an immensely famous and renowned philosopher from China. He was born in 551 BC and lived until 479 BC. His teachings emphasized personal morals as well as morality in government, justice, and sincerity. His philosophy is known today as Confucianism and is widely followed.

“A man living without conflicts, as if he never lives at all.”

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

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

“He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.”

“He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place when all the stars are rotating about it.”

“He who will not economize will have to agonize.”

“How can a person conceal his character?”

“Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.”

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

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

“If you see what is right and fail to act on it, you lack courage.”

“Isn’t it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned?”

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”

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

“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.”

“Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.”

“Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.”

“Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.”

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

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

“Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher.”

“See a person’s means (of getting things). Observe his motives. Examine that in which he rests.”

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”

“The cautious seldom err.”

“The kingdom, its states, and its families, may be perfectly ruled; dignities and emoluments may be declined; naked weapons may be trampled under the feet; but the course of the Mean cannot
be attained to.”

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

“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.”

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

“To go too far is as bad as to fall short.”

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

“To love a thing means wanting it to live.”

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

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

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

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.”

“When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn..”

“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.”

“When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”

“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.”

“When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.”

“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”