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.

Exemplary persons are steadfast in the face of adversity, while petty persons are engulfed by it. Confucius
Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius
For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say. Confucius
If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Confucius
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius
He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own. Confucius
The superior man limits his achievements. Confucius
The superior man is intelligently, not blindly, faithful. Confucius
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
The superior man is firm in the right way and not merely firm. Confucius
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius
The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct. Confucius
The superior man loves his soul; the inferior man loves his property. Confucius
Great is the man who can overcome the world, but greater still is the man who can overcome himself, for he will have the world spinning on the palm of his hand. Confucius
If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be thoughtfulness. Confucius
A man who reviews the old so as to find out the new is qualified to teach others. Confucius
The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it. Confucius
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius
When the wind blows, the grass bends. Confucius
The Way of our Master is none other than conscientiousness of altruism. Confucius
Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius
He who wished to secure the good of others, Has already secured his own. Confucius
The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. 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
Big head, target for enemy; big heart, target for friend. Confucius
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius
Do not do unto others what you would not want others to do unto you. Confucius
We can know a person by observing his behaviour, understanding the reasons for his actions and ascertaining his intentions. If we do this, how can we not know him? Confucius