Quotes by Confucius

Quotes by Confucius (Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC – 479 BC))

  • “There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.”
    by Confucius
  • “Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.”
    by Confucius
  • “An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.”
    by Confucius
  • “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”
    by 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.”
    by Confucius
  • “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”
    by Confucius
  • “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
    by Confucius
  • “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
    by Confucius
  • “He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.”
    by Confucius
  • “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”
    by Confucius
  • “Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.”
    by 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.”
    by 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.”
    by 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.”
    by Confucius
  • “Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.”
    by Confucius
  • “The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.”
    by Confucius
  • “Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.”
    by Confucius
  • “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
    by Confucius
  • “If we don’t know life, how can we know death?”
    by 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.”
    by Confucius

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