Confucius Quotes & Wallpapers

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The Master said, "To study, and then in a timely fashion to practice what you have learned-is this not satisfying? To have companions arrive from afar-is this not a joy? To remain unrecognized by others and yet remain free of resentment-is this not the mark of the gentleman?" (Analects 1.1) Confucius

Excess and deficiency are equally at fault. Confucius

Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future. Confucius

Knowing something is not as good as liking it. Liking something is not as good as rejoicing in it. Confucius

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. Confucius

He who knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them. Confucius

When we see men of worth, we should think of becoming like them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inward and examine ourselves. Confucius

When you know a thing, to recognize that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to recognize that you do not know it. That is knowledge. Confucius

To be able under all circumstances to practise five things constitutes perfect virtue: these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius

True benevolence is to love all men. Recompense injury with justice, and kindness with kindness. Confucius

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

If there were an honorable way to get rich, I"d do it, even if it meant being a stooge standing around with a whip. But there is' an honorable way, so I just do what I like. Confucius

When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger. Confucius

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. Confucius

That a man lives is because he is straight. That a man who dupes others survives is because he has been fortunate enough to be spared. Confucius

Tzu Chang asked Confucius about jen. Confucius said, "If you can practice these five things with all the people, you can be called jen." Tzu Chang asked what they were. Confucius said, "Courtesy, generosity, honesty, persistence, and kindness. If you are courteous, you will not be disrespected; if you are generous, you will gain everything. If you are honest, people will rely on you. If you are persistent you will get results. If you are kind, you can employ people. Confucius

The main object of conciliation lies in reaching a solution to a case based upon morals and with a warm heart. Confucius

He is the truly courageous man who never desponds. Confucius

To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed, is modesty; to discover them to one's friends in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to preach them to all the world, if one does not take care, is pride. Confucius

A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps. Confucius

A blemish may be removed from a diamond by careful polishing, but evil words once spoken cannot be effaced. Confucius

Things have their roots and branches. Affairs have their beginnings and their ends. To know what is first and what is last will lead one near the Way. Confucius

To be fond of learning is to draw close to wisdom. To practice with vigor is to draw close to benevolence. To know the sense of shame is to draw close to courage. He who knows these three things knows how to cultivate his own character. Knowing how to cultivate his own character, he knows how to govern other men. Knowing how to govern other men, he knows how to govern the world, its states, and its families. Confucius

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression; the heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any Confucius

In your promises cleave to what is right, And you will be able to fulfill your word. Confucius

Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it. Confucius

If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct? Confucius

Women and people of low birth are very hard to deal with. If you are friendly to them, they get out of hand, and if you keep your distance, they resent it. Confucius

Be faithful and true of word; let thy walk be plain and lowly: thou wilt get on, though in savage land. If thy words be not faithful and true, thy walk plain and lowly, wilt thou get on, though in thine own home? Standing, see these words ranged before thee; driving, see them written upon the yoke. Then thou wilt get on. Confucius

The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete. Confucius

Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue. Confucius

Wisdom delights in water; love delights in hills. Wisdom is stirring; love is quiet. Wisdom is merry; love grows old. Confucius

When abroad, behaveto everyone as if interviewing an honored guest; in directing the people, act as if you were assisting at a great sacrafice; DO NOT DO TO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD NOT LIKE DONE TO YOURSELF: so there will be no murmuring against you in the country, and none in the family; your public life will arouse no ill-will nor your private life any resentment. Confucius

Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God. Confucius

Without goodness a man cannot endure adversity for long, nor can he enjoy prosperity for long. The good man is naturally at ease with goodness. The wise man cultivates goodness for its advantage. Confucius

The good man does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs. Confucius

Cultivated people foster what is good in others, not what is bad. Petty people do the opposite. Confucius

What is necessary is to rectify names. Confucius

He who kisses girl on hillside is not level Confucius

In teaching there should be no distinction of classes. Confucius

Baseball is wrong, man with four balls cannot walk Confucius

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

Wisdom, humanity & courage, these three are universal virtues. The way by which they are practiced are one. Confucius

Riches and honor are what everyone desires, but if they can be gained only by doing evil, they must not be held. Don't worry about not being in office, worry about qualifying yourself for office. Don't worry that no one knows you, but seek to be worthy of being known. Confucius

If I do not participate in the sacrifice, it is as if I did not sacrifice at all. Confucius

The vices come as passengers, visit us as guest and stay as masters. Confucius

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger... Men of superior mind busy themselves first getting at the root of things; when they succeed, the right course is open to them. Confucius

If you yourself desire establishment, then help others to get establishment; if you yourself want success, then help others to attain success. Confucius

Bird in hand makes it harder to blow nose. Confucius

First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Confucius

It is better to live in peace than in bitterness and strife Confucius

Don't curse the darkness, light a candle. Confucius

To know what is the right thing to do and not do it is the greatest cowardice. Confucius

The person of benevolence never worries. Confucius

I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it. Confucius

The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. Confucius

What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others. Confucius

When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius

With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud. Confucius

Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you. Confucius

Straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness. Confucius

The way of the superior man may be found, in its simple elements, in the intercourse of common men and women; but in its utmost reaches, it shines brightly through Heaven and Earth. Confucius

Those who know the TRUTH are not equal to those who love it. Confucius

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. Confucius

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. Confucius

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

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius

Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire. Confucius

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. Confucius

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius

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