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.

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. Confucius
A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard. Confucius
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius
He who chases two rabbits, catches none. 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
Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Confucius
Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. Confucius
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Confucius
To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. Confucius
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius
A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless. Confucius
When frying small fish, disturb them little. Confucius
A man without persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician. Confucius
The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress. Confucius
Slander soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive. Confucius
If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. Confucius
In speaking, it is best to be clear and say just enough to convey the meaning. Confucius
Never hesitate to ask a lesser person. Confucius
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of man. Confucius
Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Confucius
A gentleman considers what is right; the vulgar consider what will pay. Confucius
Ceremonies are the first thing to be attended to in the practice of government. Confucius
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Confucius
It is the obligation of the ruler to continually renew himself in order to renew the people by his example. Confucius
The superior man, while his parents are alive, reverently nourishes them; and, when they are dead, reverently sacrifices to them. His thought to the end of his life is how not to disgrace them. Confucius
The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith. Confucius
The way of a superior man is threefold: virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear. Confucius
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius