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Last Updated on January 10, 2018

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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                                                                                                      50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                                                                                      50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                                                                                      Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                                                                                                      It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                                                                                                      It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                                                                                                      Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                                                                                                      Quotes for self-assurance

                                                                                                      1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                                                                                                        2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                                                                                          3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                                                                                            4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                                                                                              5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                                                                                                6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                                                                                                  Quotes about positivity

                                                                                                                  7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                                                                                                    8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                                                                                                      9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                                                                                                        10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                                                                                          11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                                                                                            12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                                                                                              13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                                                                                                Quotes for work and success

                                                                                                                                14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                                                                                                  15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                                                                                                    16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                                                                                                      17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                                                                                                        18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                                                                                          19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                                                                                            20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                                                                                              21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                                                                                                22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                                                                                                  23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                                                                                                    24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                                                                                                      25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                                                                                                        26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                                                                                          27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                                                                                            28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                                                                                              29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                                                                                                30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                                                                                                  31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                                                                                                    32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                                                                                                      33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                                                                                                        34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                                                                                          35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                                                                                            36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                                                                                              37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                                                                                                38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                                                                                                  39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                                                                                                    40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                                                                                                      41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                                                                                                        42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                            44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                                                                                              45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Quotes about money

                                                                                                                                                                                                46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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