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List I – Confucius – Quotes


  1. I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.

  2. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

  3. I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.

  4. I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.

  5. I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.

  6. If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.

  7. If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults.

  8. If we don’t know life, how can we know death?

  9. If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

  10. If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

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

  12. Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, seek to be worthy of being known.

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

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