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.

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Confucius
Words are the voice of the heart. Confucius
The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live. Confucius
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in. Confucius
Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue. Confucius
The superior man is anxious lest he should not get the truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him. Confucius
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius
The great man is sparing in words but prodigal in deeds. Confucius
A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps. Confucius
A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words. Confucius
A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps. Confucius
Return good for good; return evil with justice. Confucius
Never seek illicit wealth. Confucius
Every house guest brings you happiness. Some when they arrive, and some when they are leaving. Confucius
It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop. Confucius
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising up every time we fall. Confucius
There are not the weeds the ones that drown the good seed, but the negligence of the peasant. Confucius
It cannot be when the root is neglected that what springs from it will be well ordered. Confucius
Character is the backbone of our human culture. Music is the flowering of character. Confucius
Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it. Confucius
You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath. Confucius
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius
The person of benevolence never worries. Confucius
Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity. Confucius
Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful. How can the man be considered wise who when he had the choice does not settle in benevolence. Confucius
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