Confucius Quotes

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Confucius & Lao Tzu – In this scene from the movie Confucius (2010) – Confucius speaks to Lao Tzu and the old master gives some precious advice to the younger one. In one minute – the essence of daoism and confucianism.

Confucius is a Chinese biographical fantasy adventure drama film written, and directed by Hu Mei, starring Chow Yun-fat as the titular Chinese philosopher.

   The Analects (Oxford World's Classics)    The Sayings of Confucius: (Timeless Classic Books)   The Authentic Confucius: A Life of Thought and Politics

Confucius (551–479 BC)[1] was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.

Confucius is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing specific assertions to Confucius himself. Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects, but only many years after his death.

Confucius’s principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor worship, respect of elders by their children (and in traditional interpretations) of husbands by their wives. He also recommended family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”, an early version of the Golden Rule. Wikipedia

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A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.

— Confucius

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.

— Confucius

An inconvenience is an unrecognised opportunity.

— Confucius

Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.

— Confucius

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

— Confucius

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

— Confucius

He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

— Confucius

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

— Confucius

He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.

— Confucius

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

— Confucius

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

— Confucius

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

— Confucius

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

— Confucius

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.

— Confucius

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.

— Confucius

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

— Confucius

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

— Confucius

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

— Confucius

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

— Confucius

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

— Confucius

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

— Confucius

Real knowledge is knowing the extent of one’s ignorance.

— Confucius

Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.

— Confucius

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

— Confucius

The essence of knowledge is: Having it, to apply it; Not having it, to confess your ignorance.

— Confucius

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

— Confucius

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

— Confucius

The grass must bend when the wind blows across it.

— Confucius

The greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising up every time we fall.

— Confucius

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

— Confucius
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