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50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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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.

50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

    50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

      50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

        50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

          50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

            50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

              50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                  Return good for good; return evil with justice.

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                  50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                    Time flows away like the water in a river.

                    50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                      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.

                      50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                        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.

                        50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                          50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                            50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                              50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                  50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                    50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

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                                      50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                                        When anger rises, think of the consequences.

                                        50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                                          Inspiration

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

                                          50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                                            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.

                                            50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                              50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                  50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                    50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                      50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                        50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                                                          The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

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                                                            Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

                                                            50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                                                              Communication

                                                              Consideration for others is the basis of a good life.

                                                              50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                  50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                                                                    Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.

                                                                    50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                      50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                        50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                          50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                            50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                                                                              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.

                                                                                50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                                                                                  Self Reflection

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

                                                                                  50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                                      50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                                        50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                                          50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                                            50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                                              50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

                                                                                                50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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

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                                                                                                    Respect yourself and others will respect you.

                                                                                                    50 Wise Quotes of Confucius that will Change Your Day

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