Confucius Quotes on Life:
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.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.
Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
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.
If you don’t want to do something, don’t impose on others.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
Confucius Quotes on Wisdom, Reflection & More:
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
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.
Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
Study the past, if you would divine the future.
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.
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.
Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and politician. He is credited as the author or editor of many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics.
Confucianism, or the philosophy of Confucius, emphasized personal and governmental morality, the correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity. During the time of the Han dynasty, Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction in the new government. They were further developed into a system known in the West as Neo-Confucianism, and later New Confucianism (Modern Neo-Confucianism).
Qufu, Confucius’s home town, has many temples dedicated to him, which have been used for Confucian ceremonies. The memorial ceremony of Confucius is celebrated widely in Taiwan, with government supports. In South Korea, a grand-scale memorial ceremony is held twice a year on Confucius’s birthday and the anniversary of his death.
Confucius is often considered as one of the most important and influential individuals in human history. His teaching and philosophy have greatly impacted people around the world and remain influential today.