77 Best Confucius Quotes For A Thoughtful Life

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Get here some best inspirational Confucius Quotes about life, mistake, knowledge, respect, and wisdom to live a thoughtful life.

Best Confucius Quotes For Students

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

2. “Your life is what your thoughts make it.” ― Confucious

3. “Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar.” ― Confucius

4. “If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.” ― Confucius

5. “The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.” ― Confucious

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6. “A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.” ― Confucius

7. “Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.” ― Confucius

8. “Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.” ― Confucius

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

10. “Respect yourself and others will respect you.” ― Confucius

11. “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.” ― Confucius

12. “A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.” ― Confucius

13. “The journey with 1000 miles begins with one step.” ― Confucius

14. “Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.” ― Confucius

15. “Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.” ― Confucius

16. “It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.” ― Confucius

17. “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” ― Confucius

18. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” ― Confucius

19. “A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.” ― Confucius

20. “I am not concerned that I am not known; I seek to be worthy to be known.” ― Confucius

21. “He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.” ― Confucius

22. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ― Confucius

23. “If your plan is for one-year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. ” ― Confucius

24. “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” ― Confucius

25. “The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.” ― Confucius

26. “Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.” ― Confucius

27. “People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.” ― Confucius

28. “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.” ― Confucius

29. “When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.” ― Confucius

30. “To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ― Confucius

31. “Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it” ― Confucius

32. “Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.” ― Confucius

33. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ― Confucius

34. “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

35. “If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.” ― Confucius

36. “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius

37. “Study the past if you would define the future.” ― Confucius

38. “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.” ― Confucius

39. “We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves” ― Confucius

40. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” ― Confucius

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

42. “Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.” ― Confucius

43. “When a person should be spoken with, and you don’t speak with them, you lose them. When a person shouldn’t be spoken with and you speak to them, you waste your breath. The wise do not lose people, nor do they waste their breath.” ― Confucius

44. “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” ― Confucious

45. “Time flows away like the water in the river.” ― Confucius

46. “Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. ” ― Confucius

47. “Anyone can find the switch after the lights are on.” ― Confucius

48. “Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.” ― Confucius

49. “Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.” ― Confucius

50. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ― Confucious

51. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ― Confucius

52. “By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.” ― Confucius

53. “We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” ― Confucius

54. “Not to discuss with a man worthy of conversation is to waste the man. To discuss with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. The wise waste neither men nor words.” ― Confucius

55. “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want to be done unto you.” ― Confucius

56. “You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it’s drawn from its sheath” ― Confucius

57. “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.” ― Confucius

58. “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” ― Confucius

59. “Humankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.” ― Confucius

60. “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

61. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ― Confucius

62. “Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.” ― Confucius

63. “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.” ― Confucious

64. “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

65. “Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.” ― Confucious

66. “Knowledge is merely brilliance in the organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.” ― Confucius

67. “The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.” ― Confucius

68. “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” ― Confucius

69. “Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.” ― Confucius

70. “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” ― Confucius

71. “You cannot open a book without learning something.” ― Confucius

72. “Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.” ― Confucius

73. “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.” ― Confucius

74. “It is not the failure of others to appreciate the abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.” ― Confucius

75. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” ― Confucius

76. “To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” ― Confucius

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