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

There are three degrees of filial piety. The highest is being a credit to our parents, the second is not disgracing them; the lowest is being able simply to support them.

The wise men of antiquity, when they wished to make the whole world peaceful and happy, first put their own States into proper order. Before putting their States into proper order, they regulated their own families. Before regulating their families, they regulated themselves. Before regulating themselves, they tried to be sincere in their thoughts. Before being sincere in their thoughts, they tried to see things exactly as they really are.

The wise man is never reckless in his choice of words.

The way of a superior man is threefold: Virtuous, he is free from anxieties; Wise, he is free from complexities; Bold, he is free from fe0ar.

The superior man is calm and serene, the inferior man is worried and anxious.

The superior man does not set his mind either for or against anything; he will pursue whatever is right. The superior man thinks of virtue, the common man of comfort.

The people may be made to follow a line of action, but they cannot be made to understand it.

The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he that will not economize will have to agonize.

The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined mind of a peasant.

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

The desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.

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

Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.

Study the past if you would divine the future.

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

Of what value is smartness of speech? Opposing a man with the mouth excites anger.

Not to enlighten one who can be enlightened is to waste a man; to endeavor to enlighten one who cannot be enlightened is to waste words. The intelligent man wastes neither his man nor his words.

Not know life, how know death?

No man is a good doctor who has never been sick himself.

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.

Let mourning stop when one's grief is fully expressed.

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.

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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