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Confucius Quotes About Life, Purpose and Success



Confucius Quotes About Life

Our latest collection of Confucius quotes on Everyday Power Blog.

Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, philosopher and politician. Confucius is best known for his philosophy which focuses on personal morality, ethical governance, justice and social relationships.



Confucius Quotes About Life and Success

1.) The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. – Confucius


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


3.) When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.Confucius


4.) Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius


5.) Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

Confucius Quotes About Life


6.) 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


7.) Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius


8.) Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. – Confucius


9.) I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. – Confucius


10.) 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


11.) To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. – Confucius

Confucius Quotes About Life

12.) The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. – Confucius


13.) It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius


14.) Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. – Confucius


15.) You cannot open a book without learning something. – Confucius



Famous Confucius Quotes About Purpose 

16.) Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. – Confucius


17.) If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. – Confucius


18.) The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius


19.) A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. – Confucius


20.) Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. – Confucius

Confucius Quotes About Life


21.) The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. – Confucius


22.) Study the past, if you would define the future. – Confucius


23.) Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. – Confucius


24.) I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being. – Confucius


25.) Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, seek to be worthy of being known. – Confucius


26.) Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. Confucius


27.) The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has. – Confucius


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


29.) When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself. – Confucius


30.) Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. – Confucius

Confucius Quotes About Life

31.) To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. – Confucius


32.) The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. – Confucius


33.) I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability. – Confucius


34.) 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


35.) The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them. – Confucius



More Confucius Quotes and Sayings 

36.) When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. – Confucius


37.) Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. – Confucius


38.) Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. – Confucius


39.) Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs. – Confucius

Confucius Quotes About Life


40.) 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


41.) The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. – Confucius


42.) Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. – Confucius


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


44.) What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. – Confucius


45.) They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. – Confucius


46.) I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. – Confucius

Confucius Quotes About Life

47.) Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established. – Confucius


48.) When anger rises, think of the consequences. – Confucius



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