Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi

Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi
550 B.C.
478 B.C.

Chinese Moral Teacher, Philosopher, Thinker, Political Figure, Educator, and Founder of the Ru School of Chinese thought, his teachings preserved in the collection of aphorisms known as Lunyu or Analects

Author Quotes

Moral force never dwells in solitude; it will always bring neighbors.

Men of principle are always bold, but bold men are not always men of principle.

Learning without thought is useless. Thought without learning is dangerous.

Let not the nation count wealth as weath; let it count righteousness as wealth.

It is a man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.

Is there anyone who exerts himself even for a single day to achieve humanity? I have not see any who had not the strength to achieve it.

In your promises cleave to what is right, and you will be able to fulfill your word.

In the Book of Poetry, are three hundred pieces, but the design of them all may be embraced in one sentence – Have no depraved thoughts.

If you don’t know how to serve men, why worry about serving the gods?

If one leads them with administrative measures and uses punishments to make them conform, the people will be evasive, but if one leads them with virtue, they will come up to expectations.

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

I have yet to meet a man as fond of high moral conduct as he is of outward appearances.

He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.

Five things constitute perfect virtue: gravity, magnanimity, earnestness, sincerity, kindness.

Better than one who knows what is right is one who is fond of what is right; and better than one who is fond of right is one who delights in what is right.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.

Absolute truth is indestructible. Being indestructible, it is eternal. Being eternal, it is self-existent. Being self-existent, it is infinite. Being infinite, it is vast and deep. Being vast and deep, it is transcendental and intelligent.

A noble person takes as much trouble to discover what is right as lesser people take to discover what will pay.

A noble person is distressed by his own lack of capacity; he is never distressed at the failure of others to recognize his merits.

A noble person is ashamed to let her words outrun her deeds.

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First Name
Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi
Birth Date
550 B.C.
Death Date
478 B.C.
Bio

Chinese Moral Teacher, Philosopher, Thinker, Political Figure, Educator, and Founder of the Ru School of Chinese thought, his teachings preserved in the collection of aphorisms known as Lunyu or Analects