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

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

It is bootless to discuss accomplished facts, to protect against things past remedy, to find fault with things bygone.

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

In teaching there should be no class distinctions.

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

If the ruler is good his people will be good.

If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.

If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others.

Heaven means to be one with God.

He who works for his own interests will arouse much animosity.

He who learns but does not think is lost, he who thinks but does not learn is in danger.

He who knows the truth is not equal to him who loves it, and who loves it is not equal to him who delights in it.

He who hears the truth in the morning may die in the evening without regret.

He who demands much from himself and little from others avoids resentment.

Grieve not that men do not know you; grieve that you do not know men.

God, in giving life to all created things, is surely bountiful to them according to their qualities. Hence the tree that is full of life He fosters and sustains, while that which is ready to fall He cuts off and destroys.

For one word a man is often deemed wise; for one word he is often deemed foolish. We should be careful indeed in what we say.

Everyone calls his son his son, whether he has talents or has not talents.

Do not to others what you would not like done to yourself.

Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.

Do not be ashamed of mistakes - and so make them crimes.

Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.

Can true love be anything but exacting? How can our sense of duty allow us to abstain from admonition?

By promoting the straight and degrading the crooked, you can make even the crooked straight.

Behave toward everyone as if receiving a great guest.

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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.
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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