January 12, 2023

69 Confucius Quotes About Goals In Life

Confucius was a Chinese teacher, philosopher, editor and politician. Confucius teachings and quotes on life goals and wisdom are worth reading and implementing in life. Confucius was born in 551 BC, Zou, State of Lu and died in 479 BC. 

He was 71 to 72 years at the time of his death. His notable ideas include Confucianism and Golden Rule. Confucius is considered as one of the most important and influential person in human history.

Confucius quotes about goals in life
Confucius quotes about goals in life

69 Confucius Quotes About Goals in life

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

2. "The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell."

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

4. "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."

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

6. "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."

7. "The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."

8. "Learn avidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learnt into practice intelligently."

9. "Wisdom, compassion and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men."

10. "No matter how busy you make think you are you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."

11. "The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage never is never afraid."

12. "We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one."

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

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

15. "Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others."

16. "Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods."

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

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

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

20. "Wherever you go, go with all your heart."

21. "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."

22. "You cannot open a book without learning something."

23. "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."

24. "Think of tomorrow, the past can't be mended."

25. "When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults."

26. "The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools."

27. "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others."

28. "If what one has to say is not better than silence, than one should keep silent."

29. "By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart."

30. "The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks at them."

31. "When anger rises, think of the consequences."

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

33. "Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses."

34. "Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage."

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

36. "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."

37. "To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."

38. "Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous."

39. "The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action."

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

41. "When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them."

42. "War not determine who is right, war determine who is left."

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

44. "To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness."

45. "When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see person of contrary character; we should turn inwards and examine ourselves."

46. "Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbor's."

47. "Ability will never catch up with the demand for it."

48. "Study the past, if you would divine the future."

49. "He, who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in grave danger."

50. "Never give a sword to a man who can't dance."

51. "Behave toward everyone as if receiving a great guest."

52. "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

53. "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember - I do and I understand."

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

55. "Ask yourself constantly, "What is the right thing to do?"

56. "Silence is the true friend that never betrays."

57. "The object of the superior man is truth."

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

59. "Respect yourself and others will respect you."

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

61. "Review the old and deducing the new makes a teacher."

62. "He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good."

63. "A seed grows with no sound but a tree falls with huge noise. Destruction has noise, but creation is quite. This is the power of silence. Grow silently."

64. "Heaven means to be one with God."

65. "To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle."

66. "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."

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

68. "To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons." 

69. "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."
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