Top 10 Quotes by Confucius

Confucius

The Master was entirely free from four things: prejudice, foregone conclusions, obstinacy, and egoism.

Confucius
Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity.
Confucius

Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.

Confucius
There are three sorts of pleasures which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Finding pleasure in the discriminating study of ceremonies and music, finding pleasure in discussing the good points in the conduct of others, and finding pleasure in having many wise friends, these are advantageous. But finding pleasure in profligate enjoyments, finding pleasure in idle gadding about, and finding pleasure in feasting, these are injurious.
Confucius

To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.

Confucius
Gentlemen cherish worth; the vulgar cherish dirt. Gentlemen trust in justice; the vulgar trust in favor.
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I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women.

Confucius
To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.
Confucius

A gentleman wishes to be slow to speak and quick to act.

Confucius
The Master said, The case is like that of someone raising a mound. If he stops working, the fact that it perhaps needed only one more basketful makes no difference; I stay where I am. Whereas even if he has not got beyond leveling the ground, but is still at work, the fact that he has only tilted one basketful of earth makes no difference. I go to help him.