Confucius was a Chinese philosopher, teacher, editor and was the founder of system and form of belief called Confucianism. His followers are called Confucians and they abide the philosophy of morality in the government as well as morality on a personal level, correctness of social relationships, sincerity and justice among others. To this day, quotes by Confucius remain popular and adhered by millions of practitioners and believers of his philosophy. Some of the most unforgettable lines of the philosopher Confucius are the following:
“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.”
“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”
“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.”
“The funniest people are the saddest ones”
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”
Most of quotes by Confucius promote righteousness and humility including the practice of excellence in silence allowing people to notice the deeds instead of praising oneself. Here are some more quotes by Confucius.
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”
“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”
“It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”
Other interesting quotes by Confucius are read and studied by scholars in different parts of the world, even in the western areas. To draw more inspiration, here are more of his words.
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”