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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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                                                                                                      11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

                                                                                                      11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

                                                                                                      We all know some overachievers: supermoms who manage to get online degrees between cleaning, cooking, and taking kids to practice; students who write 10-page papers when the directions call for 4; managers whose resumes look more like pages from the Guinness book of Records.

                                                                                                      How do they do it all? How is it possible that one person can graduate at the top of their class, found an orphanage in India, run 30k marathons, write a best-selling book, travel all over the world and learn to speak Mandarin Chinese while having a full-time job?

                                                                                                      What’s the secret of an overachiever? Here’re 11 things overachievers do differently that you can learn from.

                                                                                                      1. They Know How to Manage Their Time

                                                                                                      It’s pretty simple actually – you can never become an overachiever if you don’t know how to organize your time efficiently.

                                                                                                      The great thing is that overachievers are ready to share their knowledge and time management talent with the rest of the world. Read The 4-Hour Workweek or The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

                                                                                                      2. They Don’t Spend Hours Watching TV or Playing Computer Games

                                                                                                      Mostly because they have better things to do, like exercising, reading, spending an evening with their family or volunteering to work in the local soup kitchen. Their philosophy is simple – the world is full of wonderful things to try, explore and experience. Watching TV is not one of them.

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                                                                                                      3. They Are Obsessed With Perfection

                                                                                                      Imagine Steve Jobs’ work approach and you’ll understand the level of perfection and painfully high standards that overachievers set for themselves and those around them. Often it pays off (especially if they focus on just one domain). But sometimes compulsive over-striving turns into a sure-fire road to disappointments and unfinished tasks.

                                                                                                      Learn how to strike a balance: How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up

                                                                                                      4. They Know How To Inspire

                                                                                                      Overachievers learn quickly that it is much easier to achieve goals through collaboration (and especially delegation). So they know how to inspire, encourage, persuade and motivate people around them. Even though they often drive their team crazy with their stubbornness and perfectionism, people quickly follow under the spell of their enthusiasm and greater vision.

                                                                                                      Learn these 10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively.

                                                                                                      5. They Set Clear Goals

                                                                                                      The term “overachiever” itself implies that they know how to achieve goals. That is kind of hard to do if your goals are vague, unclear and lack specific deadline, which is why overachievers educate themselves, read goal-setting books, and think about the best way to approach a new task.

                                                                                                      Although, it’s worth mentioning that overachievers usually use their time management and goal-setting skills towards competitive, “I want to kick butt” type of goals rather than self-improvement, mastery goals.

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                                                                                                      Take a look at these tips to help you set clearer goals: What Are SMART Goals (And How to Use Them to Become Successful)

                                                                                                      6. They Are Organized

                                                                                                      It’s hard to imagine a disorganized overachiever, isn’t it? Their great organizational and planning skills usually serve three main purposes: keeping track of time, keeping track of progress and keeping track of achievements.

                                                                                                      This hasn’t been confirmed by scientific research yet, but overachievers might actually get a “runner’s high” from crossing tasks off their to-do lists, and making new to-do lists.

                                                                                                      Here’s How to Organize Your Life: 10 Habits of Really Organized People

                                                                                                      7. They Try to Avoid Failure at All Costs

                                                                                                      Some psychologists believe that overachievers place their self-worth on their competence, driven by an underlying fear of failure. Rather than setting and striving for goals based on a pure desire to achieve, their core motivation becomes avoiding failure. This may explain the fact that overachiever beat themselves up for even little setbacks and seemingly-insignificant mistakes.

                                                                                                      But be aware that having a strong fear of failure can wrek havoc your productivity. So the best thing to do? Learn to conquer the fear: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It)

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                                                                                                      8. They Love Awards

                                                                                                      Who doesn’t love them, right? True enough, but unlike most people who like to feel acknowledged and appreciated for their efforts, overachievers are bent on collecting ‘awards’, be it university degrees, spelling bee prizes or unusual destinations.

                                                                                                      While loving awares isn’t bad, it’s even better if you’re driven by internal motivation instead of external ones which could be quite uncontrolable or unstable: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It).

                                                                                                      9. They Don’t Understand the Concept of Work Hours

                                                                                                      Don’t get surprised if you receive a work-related email anywhere between 8 p.m. and midnight. It’s something overachievers usually do and you weren’t the only one. At least 20 more emails have been sent during these hours to other people. The concepts of over-achieving and working overtime usually go hand in hand.

                                                                                                      The downside of this is an imbalnced life, which may need to problems in other aspects of life including health and relationships. A better way is to Achieve a Realistic Work Life Balance.

                                                                                                      10. They Rest

                                                                                                      Overachievers might often be labeled as “workaholics”, because they often ignore bodily signs of hunger, fatigue and even a full bladder, hoping to finish just one last little part. This doesn’t mean that overachievers don’t know how to disconnect and relax.

                                                                                                      True that they tend to work in the highest gear, but they also have enough sense to give themselves time to rest and recharge. Of course, they do it in their own overachieving way, preferring climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or hiking through the Amazon jungle to lazing on the beach.

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                                                                                                      11. Overachievers Continuously Educate Themselves

                                                                                                      A great quality that most overachievers have is the hunger for knowledge. They surround themselves with bright people. They know how to listen, and most importantly, they get tons of mentoring.

                                                                                                      Despite the fact that overachievers want to excel at everything they set their minds on, they are humble enough to admit that to get on top of their game, they need help. And they are willing to pay someone to push, coach and guide them.

                                                                                                      You too can learn How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You.

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