Top 20 Confucius Wisdom Quotes
For thousands of years, the wisdom of Confucius nurtured generations of wise men, even today, it also has unmatched realistic value. Nowadays, people over-chase money, material and sensuality, causing physical and mental disorders, soul loneliness and split personality. Under the circumstances, people of insight think of the wisdom of Confucius. Dr. Hannes Alfven, 1970 Nobel Laureate in Physics, said “If humanity is to survive, we must go back to 25 centuries ago, to learn from the wisdom of Confucius.”
Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher and educator in the late Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). He is the founder of Confucianism, which have deeply influenced Chinese civilization for thousands of years, and become part of the national spirit.
The long history will not make wisdom fade. The wisdom of Confucius is the great wisdom of human beings, and great wisdom should belong to all people of all the times.
1. Quotes 1 – 5
Isn’t it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned?
There must be a mentor/teacher for me among any three travellers. You have something to learn from everyone. I will select their good qualities and follow them, their bad qualities and avoid them.
Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.
If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others.
They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it.
2. Quotes 6 – 10
I will not be afflicted at men’s not knowing me; I will be afflicted that I do not know men.
The commander of the forces of a large state may be carried off, but the will of even a common man cannot be taken from him.
If one has no long-term considerations, he can hardly avoid troubles every now and then.
Time passes on just like this stream, no ceasing day or night!”
One should not impose on others what he himself does not desire.
3. Quotes 11 – 15
One should honour commitments made to friends.
A man thinks of righteousness where he sees profits, risks his life where he sees other being endangered
You are not able to serve man well. How can you talk about serving gods and spirits?
By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
Keep what you say and carry out what you do.
4. Quotes 16 – 20
If you have things done hastily, you will not reach the goal. If you only see small gains, you will not accomplish great tasks.
A workman must sharpen his tools if he wants to do his work well
Only when the year becomes cold do we know how the pine and the cypress are the last to fade.
The superior man wishes to be slow in his speech and earnest in his conduct.
Those whose courses are different cannot lay plans for one another.