Confucius 147 Confucius Quotes Chinese Philosopher

Study the past, if you would divine the future. view quote

Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs. view quote

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. view quote

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. view quote

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. view quote

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance. view quote

If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults. view quote

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. view quote

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. view quote

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. view quote