Confucius Quotes and Sayings

Confucius The Confucian Analects, bk. 11:11

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

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. ~Confucius

I hear and I forget. I see and I believe. I do and I understand. ~Confucius

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ~Confucius

To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle. ~Confucius

When anger rises, think of the consequences. ~Confucius

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. ~Confucius

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. ~Confucius

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. ~Confucius

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

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. ~Confucius

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. ~Confucius

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

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. ~Confucius

He who will not economize will have to agonize. ~Confucius

While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]?...While you do not know life, how can you know about death? ~Confucius