Confucius Sayings: Quotes and
Chinese Proverbs From An Anicent Philosopher
When it comes to ancient Chinese proverbs, we are most familiar with Confucius sayings and quotes ("Master Kung" 551 BCE – 479 BCE).
Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life.
His philosophy encouraged personal growth, governmental responsibility, proper social relationships, correct justice, and being sincere in what you say and do.
In fact he has had such an influence over so many cultures; his philosophical thoughts have been developed into a system of philosophy known as "Confucianism."
Here Are Some Meaningful and Influential Confucius Sayings
When you see a man of worth, think of how you may emulate him. When you see one who is unworthy, examine yourself.
The nobler man first practices what he preaches and afterward preaches according to his practice.
What you do not wish done to yourself, do not do to others.
Wealth and rank are what men desire, but unless they be obtained in the right way they may not be possessed.
Hear much, leave to one side that which is doubtful, and speak with due caution concerning the remainder. See much, leave to one side that of which the meaning is not clear, and act carefully with regard to the rest.
If there be righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there be beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there be harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there be order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
Asia has had thousands of years to develop a smorgasbord of proverbs about living life in the best way possible. The can be truly insightful. If you've enjoyed these Confucius sayings, be sure to visit our pages containing ancient Asian proverbs, as well as these wise and insightful Chinese sayings.
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