Quotes by Confucius

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

  • “Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.”
    by Confucius
  • “An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.”
    by Confucius
  • “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”
    by Confucius
  • “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
    by Confucius
  • “Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”
    by Confucius
  • “If we don’t know life, how can we know death?”
    by Confucius
  • “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”
    by Confucius
  • “When anger rises, think of the consequences.”
    by Confucius
  • “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
    by Confucius
  • “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”
    by Confucius
  • “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
  • “Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”
    by Confucius
  • “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”
    by Confucius
  • “Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”
    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 faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.”
    by Confucius
  • “Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.”
    by Confucius
  • “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”
    by Confucius
  • “The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.”
    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

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