Confucius Quotes & Wallpapers

Confucius
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There are three things to beware of through life: when a man is young, let him beware of his appetites; when he is middle-aged, of his passions; and when old, of covetousness, especially. Confucius

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. Confucius

Between friends, frequent reproofs make the friendship distant. Confucius

It was by music that the ancient kings gave elegant expression to their joy. By their armies and axes they gave the same to their anger. Confucius

The wise find pleasure in water; the virtuous find pleasure in hills. The wise are active; the virtuous are tranquil. The wise are joyful; the virtuous are long-lived. Confucius

The Master said, "What a worthy man was Yan Hui! Living in a narrow alley, subsisting upon meager bits of rice and water-other people could not have borne such hardship, and yet it never spoiled Hui's joy. What a worthy man was Hui!" (Analects 6.11) Confucius

If language is not rectified, words do not correspond to meaning, and if words do not correspond to meaning, our deeds cannot be accomplished. Confucius

I know how the birds fly, how the fishes swim, how animals run. But there is the Dragon. I cannot tell how it mounts on the winds through the clouds and flies through heaven. Today I have seen the Dragon. Confucius

Rotten wood cannot be carved. Confucius

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

Gentlemen cherish worth; the vulgar cherish dirt. Gentlemen trust in justice; the vulgar trust in favor. Confucius

Waste begets self-will; thrift begets meanness: but better be mean than self-willed. Confucius

If doing what ought to be done be made the first business and success a secondary consideration-is not this the way to exalt virtue? Confucius

Charity is that rational and constant affection which makes us sacrifice ourselves to the human race, as if we were united with it, so as to form one individual, partaking equally in its adversity and prosperity. Confucius

The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he who will not economize will have to agonize. Confucius

A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present? Confucius

Heaven gives long life to the just and the intelligent. Confucius

When a man feels the difficulty of doing, can he be other than cautious and slow in speaking? Confucius

To err and not reform, this may indeed be called error. Confucius

The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please. Confucius

Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient. Confucius

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. Confucius

When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant. Confucius

Heaven begat Virtue in me; what can man do unto me? Confucius

Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness and yet live, his escape from death is mere good fortune. Confucius

Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not do to others what thou wouldst not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf. Confucius

A wise man seeks by music to strengthen his soul: the thoughtless one uses it to stifle his fears. Confucius

The person who is not strong enough gives up at the halfway point - but you are limiting yourself before even starting. Confucius

Every piece of marble has a statue in it waiting to be released by a person of sufficient skill to chip away the unnecessary parts. Just as the sculptor is to the marble, so is education to the soul. It releases it. For only educated people are free people. You cannot create a statue by smashing the marble with a hammer, and you cannot by the force of arms release the spirit or the soul of people. Confucius

The superior man is firm in the right way and not merely firm. Confucius

The superior person tries to promote music as a means to the perfection of human culture. When such music prevails, and people's minds are led towards the right ideals and aspirations, we may see the appearance of a great nation. Confucius

Everyone eats and drinks; yet only few appreciate the taste of food. Confucius

There are three marks of a superior man: being virtuous, he is free from anxiety; being wise, he is free from perplexity; being brave, he is free from fear. Confucius

Only by perfect virtue can the perfect path, in all its courses, be made a fact. Confucius

The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxiety; and the bold from fear. Confucius

We should not be too familiar with the lower orders or with women, Confucius

If my mind is not engaged in my worship, it is as though I worshipped not. Confucius

Among us, in our part of the country, those who are upright are different from this. The father conceals the misconduct of the son, and the son conceals the misconduct of the father. Uprightness is to be found in this. Confucius

I do not enlighten those who are not eager to learn, nor arouse those who are not anxious to give an explanation themselves. If I have presented one corner of the square and they cannot come back to me with the other three, I should not go over the points again. Confucius

What can a man do with music who is not benevolent? Confucius

The silent treasuring up of knowledge; learning without satiety; and instructing others without being wearied: which one of these things belongs to me? Confucius

The superior man, extensively studying all learning, and keeping himself under the restraint of the rules of propriety, may thus likewise not overstep what is right. Confucius

Look closely into his aims, observe the means by which he pursues them, discover what brings him content - and can the man's real worth remain hidden from you? Confucius

Don't let your past determine your destiny. Confucius

Clever talk and domineering manner have little to with being a Man at His Best. Confucius

Only the supremely wise and the ignorant do not alter. Confucius

Yin and yang, male and female, strong and weak, rigid and tender, heaven and earth, light and darkness, thunder and lightning, cold and warmth, good and evil...the interplay of opposite principles constitutes the universe. Confucius

Because the newer methods of treatment are good, it does not follow that the old ones were bad: for if our honorable and worshipful ancestors had not recovered from their ailments, you and I would not be here today. Confucius

If I hold up one corner of a square and the student cannot workout the other three for himself, I won't go any further. Confucius

It doesn't make a difference how gradually you go so long as you don't stop. Confucius

To be excellent when engaged in administration is to be like the North Star. As it remains in its one position, all the other stars surround it. Confucius

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

To study and at times practice what one has learned, is this not a pleasure? Confucius

If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things. Confucius

If we are not yet able to serve man, how can we serve spiritual beings?... If we do not yet know about life how can we know about death? Confucius

Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination. Confucius

There is nothing more visible than what is secret, and nothing more manifest than what is minute. Therefore the superior man is watchful over himself, when he is alone. Confucius

The superior man governs men, according to their nature, with what is proper to them, and as soon as they change what is wrong, he stops. Confucius

It is characteristic of the most entire sincerity to be able to foreknow. When a nation or family is about to flourish, there are sure to be happy omens; and when it is about to perish, there are sure to be unlucky omens. Confucius

The superior man examines his heart, that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause for dissatisfaction with himself. That wherein the superior man cannot be equaled is simply this - his work which other men cannot see. Confucius

The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree. Confucius

In vain I have looked for a single man capable of seeing his own faults and bringing the charge home against himself. Confucius

When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together. Confucius

When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points. Confucius

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. Confucius

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Confucius

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. Confucius

A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words. Confucius

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? Confucius



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