Quotes – Confucius


(551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.

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

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

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” Confucius

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Confucius

“Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” Confucius

“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” Confucius

“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” Confucius

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” Confucius

“To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.” Confucius

“The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.” Confucius

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius

“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” Confucius