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50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

Confucius is a wise Chinese philosopher, teacher, and political leader during 500-400 BC. His thoughts and teachings have influenced many people in the past, still inspire many people in present times, and will continue to contribute to many people’s thinking in the future.

Below are the top 50 quotes by Confucius in areas related to Life Lessons, Work, Inspiration, Communication, and Self-Reflection.

Life Lessons

As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, a wise man should adapt himself to circumstances.

    When it is obvious that goals cannot be reached, do not adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

      Give a man a fish, feed [his] home for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed [him] for a lifetime.

        All good things are difficult to achieve, and all bad things are very easy to get.

          A man who does not think and plan ahead will find trouble right at his door.

            A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.

              Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

                Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

                  Return good for good; return evil with justice.

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                    Time flows away like the water in a river.

                      Work

                      Not to discuss with a man worthy of conversation is to waste the man. To discuss with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. The wise waste neither men nor words.

                        The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.

                          Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.

                            Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous.

                              The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect [his] work must first sharpen [his] tools.

                                The essence of knowledge is, [if] having it, to apply it; [if] not having it, confess your ignorance.

                                  Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

                                    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

                                      Do not worry about holding high position, worry about playing your proper role.

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                                        When anger rises, think of the consequences.

                                          Inspiration

                                          The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.

                                            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.

                                              We have two lives, and the second [life] begins when we realize we only have one.

                                                The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

                                                  The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

                                                    Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.

                                                      It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

                                                        Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

                                                          The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

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                                                            Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

                                                              Communication

                                                              Consideration for others is the basis of a good life.

                                                                Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.

                                                                  Humankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.

                                                                    Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.

                                                                      Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

                                                                        Things that are done, it is needless to speak about; things that are past, it is needless to blame.

                                                                          If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.

                                                                            The man who asks may be a fool for one day, but the man who never asks will be a fool for life.

                                                                              Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

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                                                                                Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.

                                                                                  Self Reflection

                                                                                  We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                      He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

                                                                                        If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.

                                                                                          The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

                                                                                            What the superior man seeks is in himself, what the small man seeks is in others.

                                                                                              When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

                                                                                                To go too far is as bad as to fall short.

                                                                                                  To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

                                                                                                    Respect yourself and others will respect you.

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                                                                                                      The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                                                                                      The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                                                                                      No!

                                                                                                      It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                                                                                                      But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                                                                                                      What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                                                                                                      But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                                                                                                      1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                                                                                                      2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                                                                                                      3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                                                                                                      4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                                                                                                      5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                                                                                                      6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                                                                                                      7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                                                                                                      8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                                                                                                      9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                                                                                                      10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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