Confucius was one of China’s most famous philosopher, teacher and political theorist, and he believed every individual could benefit from self-cultivation.


He wanted to make education available to anyone willing to learn. After mastering ancient arts, Confucius became a brilliant teacher who passed on his knowledge to improve society. A typical idea of the Confucian heritage is that human beings are malleable; they can always improve and perfect themselves if they try hard enough.

Developed from Confucius’ teachings, Confucianism is a philosophy often followed as a religion by the Chinese, with particular emphasis on the importance of the family and social harmony — it’s a way of life. These ideas inspired East Asian culture and still have a lasting impact on the world.

Driven by his passion, Confucius’ intention was to awaken the people, and he tirelessly tried to do it until the day he died.

Here are 23 Confucius quotes that will increase your thirst for knowledge and help you see things from a more realistic perspective.

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

Respect yourself and others will respect you.


Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for 10 years plant trees. If your plan is for 100 years educate children.

The man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both correct.


If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

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

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

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.

Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.

The funniest people are the saddest ones.

You cannot open a book without learning something.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.