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.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius
Expect much from yourself and little from others and you will avoid incurring resentments. Confucius
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Confucius
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development. Confucius
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius
If we don't know life, how can we know death? Confucius
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
Straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness. Confucius
Heaven means to be one with God. Confucius
Study the past if you would define the future. Confucius
The superior person understands rightness; the inferior person understands profit. Confucius
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. Confucius
These are the four abuses: desire to succeed in order to make oneself famous; taking credit for the labors of others; refusal to correct one's errors despite advice; refusal to change one's ideas despite warnings. Confucius
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own. Confucius
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Confucius
Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. Confucius
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. Confucius
A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present? Confucius
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger. Confucius
He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own. Confucius
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Confucius
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius