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

A noble person does not accept people of what they say, nor reject sayings, because the speaker is what he is.

A noble person covets the reputation of being slow in word but prompt in deed.

A noble mind can see a question from all sides without bias. Small minds are biased and see a question only form one side.

A gentleman takes as much trouble to discover what is right as the lesser man take to discover what will pay.

You may rob an army of its commander, but you cannot rob even a common man of this will.

Words are the voice of the heart.

Without the confidence of the people no government can stand.

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know human beings.

When you see a good man, think of emulating him; when you see a bad man, examine your own heart (innerself).

When you enter a country, inquire as to what is forbidden; when you cross a boundary, ask about the customs.

When things are done hastily, they are not done thoroughly.

When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature, we have the pedant.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

What I do not wish others to do unto me, that also I wish not to do unto them.

We should worship as though the Deity were present. If my mind is not engaged in my worship, it is as though I worshipped not.

Until we know what life is, how can we know what death is?

Tsze-Kung asked what constituted a superior man. The master said, "He acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.”

To worship at a temple not your own is mere flattery.

To love a thing means wanting it to live.

To exceed is as bad as to fall short.

Those whose ways are different do not make plans together.

Those who break down the dikes will themselves be drowned in the inundation.

There were four words of which the Master barred the use: he would have no "shall's," no "must's," no "certainly's," no "I's."

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life - reciprocity.

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