Confucius Quotes (175) Spiritual Sayings

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About the Author: Kahlil Gibran (full Arabic name Gibran Khalil Gibran with the more standard spelling Khalil; Arabic: / ALA-LC:Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān or Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān;) (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in the north of modern-day Lebanon (then part of Ottoman Mount Lebanon), as a young man he immigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeareand Lao-Tzu.

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


“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.”
― Confucius


“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucius


“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.”
― Confucius


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


“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”
― Confucius


“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
― Confucius


“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
― Confucius


“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
― Confucius


“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― Confucius, Confucius: The Analects


“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
― Confucius


“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”
― Confucius


“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”
― Confucius


“The funniest people are the saddest once”
― Confucius


“Study the past if you would define the future.”
― Confucius


“It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”
― Confucius


“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
― Confucius


“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
― Confucius


“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
― Confucius


“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucius


“The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.”
― Confucius


“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
― Confucius, Sayings of Confucius


“The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”
― 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


“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.”
― Confucius


“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”
― Confucius


“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
― 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


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


“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”
― Confucius


"The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
― Confucius


“If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.”
― Confucius


“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”
― Confucius


“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
― Confucius


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


“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”
― Confucius


“A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.”
― Confucius


“Do unto others what you want done unto you.”
― 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


“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”
― Confucius


“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. ”
― Confucius


“To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”
― Confucius


“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”
― Confucius, The Analects


“Time flows away like the water in the river. ”
― Confucius


“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”
― Confucius


“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”
― Confucius


“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
― Confucius


“Shall I teach you what knowledge?
When you know a thing, say that you know it;
when you do not know a thing,
admit that you do not know it.
That is knowledge”
― Confucius


“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. ”
― Confucius


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


“Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.”
― Confucius


“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”
― Confucius


“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”
― Confucius


“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
― Confucius


“The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.”
― Confucius


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


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


“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”
― Confucius


“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”
― Confucius


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


“No lake so still but it has its wave.
No circle so perfect but that it has its blur.
I would change things for you if I could; As I can't you must take them as they are.”
― Confucius


“One joy dispels a hundred cares.”
― Confucius


“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
― Confucius


“Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.”
― 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


“The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.”
(Analects 4.9)”
― Confucius


“Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.”
― Confucius, The Analects


“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.”
― Confucius


“To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.”
― Confucius, The Analects


“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”
― Confucius


“Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.”
― Confucius


“Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. ”
― Confucius


“Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
― Confucius


“Behind every smile there's teeth.”
― Confucius


“We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves”
― Confucius


“If you don't want to do something,don't impose on others”
― Confucius


“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.”
― Confucius


“You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath”
― Confucius


“The Master said, “A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.”
(Analects 2.11)”
― Confucius


“The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it.”
― Confucius


“The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.”
― Confucius, Analects of Confucius


“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.”
― Confucius


“The Master said, “If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment.”
― Confucius


“Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.”
― Confucius, The Analects


“They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.”
― Confucius


“To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.”
― Confucius


“The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.”
― Confucius, Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean


“Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.”
― Confucius


“He who will not economize will agonize ”
― Confucius


“Roads were made for journeys not destinations”
― Confucius


“Lead the people with administrative injunctions and put them in their place with penal law, and they will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of shame. Lead them with excellence and put them in their place through roles and ritual practices, and in addition to developing a sense of shame, they will order themselves harmoniously”
― Confucius, The Analects


“Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.”
― Confucius


“A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, in desiring attaining himself, helps others to attain.”
― Confucius


“When the wind blows,the grass bends.”
― Confucius, The Analects


“The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.”
― Confucius


“If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness.”
― Confucius


“Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.”
― Confucius


“Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.”
― Confucius


“He who sling mud, lose ground.”
― Confucius


“People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.”
― Confucius


“If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.”
― 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


“The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit.”
(Analects 4.16)”
― Confucius


“I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.”
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”
― Confucius


“Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.”
― Confucius


“A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?”
― Confucius, The Life and Wisdom of Confucius


“The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct”
― Confucius


“We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living”
― Confucius


“Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”
― Confucius


“It is when those who are not strong enough have made some moderate amount of progress that they fail and give up...”
― Confucius, The Wisdom Of Confucius


“A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.”
― Confucius


“When a person should be spoken with, and you don't speak with them, you lose them. When a person shouldn't be spoken with and you speak to them, you waste your breath. The wise do not lose people, nor do they waste their breath.”
― Confucius


“The demands that good people make are upon themselves;
Those that bad people make are upon others.”
― Confucius


“The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.”
― Confucius, The Ethics of Confucius


“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”
― Confucius


“He who will not economize will have to agonize”
― Confucius


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


“I followed my heart without breaking any rules.”
― Confucius


“Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it”
― Confucius


“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.”
― 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, The Great Learning


“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness”
― Confucius


“The Master said, At fifteen I set my heart upon learning.
At thirty, I had planted my feet firm upon the ground.
At forty, I no longer suffered from perplexities.
At fifty, I knew what were the biddings of Heaven.
At sixty, I heard them with docile ear.
At seventy, I could follow the dictates of my own heart; for what I desired no longer overstepped the boundaries of righ.”
― Confucius, The Analects of Confucius


“Give a man a fish, feed home for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed for a lifetime.”
― Confucius


“To know, is to know that you know nothing, that is the meaning of true knowledge.”
― Confucius


“A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.”
― Confucius


“Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.”
― Confucius


“The cautious seldom err.”
― Confucius


“A man without persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician.”
― Confucius


“Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar.”
― Confucius, The Analects


“When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”
― Confucius


“If I understand Change, I shall make no great mistake in Life”
― Confucius


“The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.”
― Confucius, The Analects of Confucius


“The expectations of life depend upon diligence the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. ”
― Confucius, The Analects of Confucius:


“He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.”
― Confucius


“Never tire to study. And to teach to others”
― Confucius


“A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard.”
― Confucius


“He who flatters a man is his enemy. he who tells him of his faults is his maker.”
― Confucius


“Don't use cannon to kill musquito.”
― Confucius


“When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge.”
― 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 isn’t an honorable way, so I just do what I like.”
― Confucius, Analects of Confucius


“He Who Knows And Knows That He Knows Is A Wise Man - Follow Him;
He Who Knows Not And Knows Not That He Knows Not Is A Fool - Shun Him”
― Confucius, The Analects


“If either wealth or poverty are come by honesty, there is no shame.”
― Confucius


“At fifteen my mind was directed to study, and at thirty I knew where to stand.”
― Confucius


“If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things.”
― Confucius, The Analects of Confucius


“Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established”
― Confucius


“True wisdom is knowing what you don't know”
― Confucius, Sayings of Confucius


“When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”
― Confucius


“The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.”
― Confucius


“I am not an originator but a transmitter.”
― Confucius


“The Master said, The case is like that of someone raising a mound. If he stops working, the fact that it perhaps needed only one more basketful makes no difference; I stay where I am. Whereas even if he has not got beyond leveling the ground, but is still at work, the fact that he has only tilted one basketful of earth makes no difference. I go to help him.”
― Confucius


“Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is intellectual death.”
― Confucius


“Care not for want of place; care for thy readiness to fill one. Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note.”
― Confucius, Sayings of 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


“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.”
― Confucius, The Analects


“Everything has beauty but not everyone can see it”
― Confucius, Sayings of Confucius
“Return good for good; return evil with justice.”
― Confucius


“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


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


“To be poor without murmuring is difficult. To be rich without being proud is easy.”
― Confucius, The Analects of Confucius


“The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.”
― Confucius, The Analects of Confucius


“There are some with whom we may study in common, but we shall find them unable to go along with us to principles. Perhaps we may go on with them to principles, but we shall find them unable to get established in those along with us. Or if we may get so established along with them, we shall find them unable to weigh occurring events along with us.”
― Confucius, The Analects of Confucius


“To study and constantly, is this not a pleasure? To have friends come from far away places, is this not a joy? If people do not recognize your worth, but this does not worry you, are you not a true gentleman?”
― Confucius


“Writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas.”
― Confucius


“Where ever you go,
go with all your heart.”
― Confucius


“If you did not do so for the sake of riches,You must have done so for the sake of novelty.”
― Confucius


“In his dealings with the world, the gentleman is not invariably for or against anything. He is on the side of what is moral.”
― Confucius


“The Master said of Gong Yechang, “He is marriageable. Although he was once imprisoned and branded as a criminal, he was in fact innocent of any crime.” The Master gave him his daughter in marriage.
(Analects 5.1)”
― Confucius


“Choose a job you love, and you'll never have to work a day in your life”
― Confucius


“Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their States were rightly governed. Their States being rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy.”
― Confucius


“When the wise man points at the Moon, the idiot looks at the finger.”
― Confucius


“Those who understands is not better than those who appreciates, those who appreciates is not better than those who enjoys.”
― Confucius


“I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.”
― Confucius


“What can a man do with music who is not benevolent?”
― Confucius, The Analects


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