37 Confucius Quotes To Help You Lead A Fulfilled Life

Also known as “Master Kong” in China, Confucius was a teacher, thinker and had a significant influence on the Asian intellectual and history. He wanted to education to be available to everyone and was able to develop a philosophy of his own that he used to teach others.  In the present times, the philosophy is known as Confucianism.  Confucius quotes and ideas of treating others with respect and ethics were the state of philosophy in China at the time.

The government civil exams were based on his teachings and his thoughts on humanity and respect had a strong impact on people.  He believed in goodness and integrity of people and taught them always to follow the path of righteousness. He wanted everyone to follow a balanced life and to be kind to others. A lot of people even today consider Confucianism as a religion, and after two thousand years of his death, his teachings hold strong in people’s minds. Here are the best Confucius quotes to empower your life.

1. A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. – Confucius

2. It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. – Confucius

3. Study the past if you would define the future. – Confucius

4. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. – Confucius

5. When anger rises, think of the consequences. – Confucius

6. Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart. – Confucius

7. To love a thing means wanting it to live. – Confucius

8. When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them. – Confucius

9. The object of the superior man is truth.– Confucius

10. To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.– Confucius quotes

11. We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. – Confucius

12. It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change. – Confucius

13. He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. – Confucius

14. Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it. – Confucius

15. Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes. – Confucius

16. It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.He who excels in study can follow an official career. – Confucius

17. 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

18. 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

19. Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. – Confucius

20. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. – Confucius

21. The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it not having it, to confess your ignorance. – Confucius

22. Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. – Confucius

23. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. – Confucius

24. Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? – Confucius

25. Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues. – Confucius

26. Isn’t it also great when friends visit from distant places? If one remains not annoyed when he is not understood by people around him, isn’t he a sage? – Confucius

27. Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” – Confucius

28. Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. – Confucius

29. The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it. – Confucius

30. If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. – Confucius

31. To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. – Confucius

32. In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. – Confucius

33. When prosperity comes, do not use all of it – Confucius

34. Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. – Confucius

35. Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame. – Confucius

36. He who excels in study can follow an official career. – Confucius

37. The cautious seldom err. – Confucius

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Nakul Grover, author of Superhuman In You and the one who runs this blog. He has been writing on self-improvement since 2014. Featured on various websites, his works have helped thousands of people to live an extraordinary life. He loves spending his leisure hours in reading books and learning new skills.