Confucius Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Confucius quotes, Confucius sayings, and Confucius proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established. Confucius
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others. Confucius
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. Confucius
You can cheat an honest man but not make a fool out of him. Confucius
To think twice is quite enough. Confucius
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Confucius
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. Confucius
The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. Confucius
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
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius
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. Confucius
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Confucius
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius
In old days, men studied for the sake of self-improvement; nowadays men study in order to impress other people. Confucius
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. Confucius
Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it Confucius
If you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life. Confucius
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Confucius
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. Confucius
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Confucius
Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius
It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop. Confucius
The Master said, “If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment. Confucius
The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit. Confucius
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. Confucius
Time Flows Away Like the Water in the River. Confucius
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius
When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius