Quotes of Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

“ When anger rises, think of the consequences. ”

- Confucius

“ Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established. ”

- Confucius

“ Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. ”

- Confucius

“ Have no friends not equal to yourself. ”

- Confucius

“ With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud. ”

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

“ Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star. ”

- Confucius

“ Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. ”

- Confucius

“ Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. ”

- Confucius

“ To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue...[They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. ”

- Confucius

“ I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. ”

- Confucius

“ 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

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

- Confucius

“ Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes. ”

- Confucius

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

- Confucius

“ Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star. ”

- Confucius

“ Respect yourself and others will respect you. ”

- 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

“ 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
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