Quotes by Confucius


Study the past, if you would divine the future.
– Confucius

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
– Confucius

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
– Confucius

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
– Confucius

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
– Confucius
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
– Confucius
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
– Confucius
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
– Confucius
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
– Confucius
And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
– Confucius
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
– Confucius
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
– Confucius
Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
– Confucius
Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
– Confucius
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
– Confucius
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
– Confucius
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
– Confucius
Heaven means to be one with God.
– Confucius
I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.
– 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 the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
– Confucius