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Confucius Quotes

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A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, desiring attainment for himself, helps others to attain  (Confucius Quotes) If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success  (Confucius Quotes) When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature, we have the pedant  (Confucius Quotes) The superior man is anxious lest he should not get truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him  (Confucius Quotes) A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?  (Confucius Quotes) The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance  (Confucius Quotes) We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves  (Confucius Quotes) What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others  (Confucius Quotes) Let our reason, and not our senses, be the rule of our conduct; for reason will teach us to think wisely, to speak prudently, and to behave worthily  (Confucius Quotes) When you know a thing, to recognize that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to recognize that you do not know it. That is knowledge  (Confucius Quotes) A blemish may be removed from a diamond by careful polishing, but evil words once spoken cannot be effaced  (Confucius Quotes) Slater soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive  (Confucius Quotes) Virtue is like the polar star, which keeps its place, and all stars turn towards it  (Confucius Quotes) The heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any  (Confucius Quotes) A good man regards the root; he fixes the root, and ail else flows out of it. The root is filial piety; the fruit brotherly love  (Confucius Quotes) Is any one able for one day to apply his strength to virtue? I have not seen the case in which his strength would be sufficient  (Confucius Quotes) A good man it is not mine to see; could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me  (Confucius Quotes) The way of the superior man is threefold, but I am not equal to it. Virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear  (Confucius Quotes) For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We ought to be careful indeed what we say  (Confucius Quotes) The wheel of fortune turns incessantly round, and who can say within himself, I shall today be uppermost?  (Confucius Quotes) The faults of the superior man are like the eclipses of the sun and moon. He has his faults, and all men see them; he changes, and all men look up to him  (Confucius Quotes) The main object of conciliation lies in reaching a solution to a case based upon morals and with a warm heart  (Confucius Quotes) The expectations of life depend upon diligence; and the mechanic that would perfect his work, must first sharpen his tools  (Confucius Quotes) He who rules by moral force is like the pole star, which remains in place while all the lesser stars do homage to it  (Confucius Quotes) If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame  (Confucius Quotes) Confucius was a humanist and an agnostic  (Confucius Quotes) Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of the Earth and the life upon it, that I cannot think of heaven and the angels  (Confucius Quotes) It was either me or Confucius that said the journey of a thousand miles begins with a vicious ass raping at airport security.  (Confucius Quotes) Confucius - or Kongzi, which means Master Kong - was not born to power, but his idiosyncrasies and ideas made him the Zelig of the Chinese classics.  (Confucius Quotes)
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