64 mindfulness quotes from Confucius

64 mindfulness quotes from Confucius

Confucius ( born on September 28, 551 BC in Qufu, died in  479 BC, in Qufu, Lu ) was a Chinese politician, teacher, editor, philosopher.

In Confucius philosophy, self-discipline is the main priority, He believed that in order to rule, a leader needs to be self-disciplined and humble towards his followers. By maintaining self-discipline and compassion towards his followers, he maintained a positive environment, and that’s led them to follow him.

Confucius major works are some of the Chinese most influential classic works. Here are Some of the books that are dedicated to Confucianism ( Ruism ) “The Analects, The First Ten Books, The Doctrine of the Mean, Ta Hio: The Great Learning of Confucius.”

1. “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.”

2. The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

3. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

4. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

5. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

6. 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.

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

8. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

9. “And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”

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

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

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

13. “If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.”

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

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

16. “Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”

17. Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

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

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

20. “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”

21. “The funniest people are the saddest ones”

22. “Study the past if you would define the future.”

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

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

25. The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

26. “To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”

27. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

28. Study the past, if you would divine the future.

29. “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”

30. To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.

31. “Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

32. 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.

33. “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”

34. “Time flows away like the water in the river. ”

35. Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

36. “You cannot open a book without learning something.”

37. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

38. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

39. “Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.”

40. To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

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

42. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”

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

43. “When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”

44. “The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.”

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

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

47. “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”

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

49. 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

50. “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

51. “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”

52. When anger rises, think of the consequences.

53. “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”

54. “It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”

55. “The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.”

56. “Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.”

57. Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.

58. “The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”

59. “Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.”

60. “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”

61. The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

62. “Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”

63. “The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”

64. He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.