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Confucius Quotes


Ancient China's most famous philosopher, teacher and political theorist.
(551 BC - 479 BC)

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[The superior man] acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.
 

A good man it is not mine to see. Could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me.
 

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake.
 

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
[Action]
 

A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?
[Youth]
 

Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.
 

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
 

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
 

Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
 

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

Behave to everyone as if you were receiving a great guest; . . . [do not] do to others what you would not wish done to yourself.
 

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
 

Better be poisoned in one's blood, than to be poisoned in one's principles.
[Principles]
 

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
 

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.
[Wisdom]
 

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

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
[Destiny]
 

Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
 

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
 

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
 


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