21 Life Changing Lessons to Learn From Confucius

ConfuciousLuminita Saviuc, Purpose Fairy
Waking Times

There is a really wonderful quote from Jac Vanek that goes like this:

“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in. Now, go out and create something.”

And because I know this to be true, I am constantly collecting quotes from some of the wisest people that ever lived on this planet to share them with all of you, so that we can improve ourselves through their writings and gain easily what they have labored hard for.

Today we are learning from Confucius.

1. “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”

2. “To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.”

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

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


5. “Forget those who have wronged you but never those who have done you good.

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

7. “The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.”

8. “The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.” 

9. “When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.” 

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

11. “He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.” 

12. “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.” 

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

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

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

16. “Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”

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

18. “When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right ; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world.” 

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

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

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

Do you have a favorite quote from Confucius? If you do you can share your comment in the comment section below.

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  • Mike S

    Funny how some of these go against stuff I read in the I Ching.

  • Sunny

    But, this (below) is what we get (desire?) in our practical lives 😉

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  • Miriam

    12….. so true… you don’t get it (unconsciously create) then comes some experience to knock it in to ya!

  • treece willits

    Number 15 resonates with me currently.

  • Le Blanc

    The man who carries his bicycle gets no punctures 😉

  • Anonymous

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

  • Confusedus

    “Man who goes to bed with itchy butt wakes up with smelly finger”

  • Ross

    Confucius say “man who buys cheap second hand car often have trouble driving a bargain.”

  • Anonymous

    Confucious say “Man with hole in pocket feel cocky all day”

  • …the Tao Ching.

    “If a nation is centered in the Tao
    if it nourishes its own people,
    and doesn’t meddle in the affairs of others,
    it will be a light to all nations in the world.”

  • [ Smiles ] Twenty-one lessons worthy of being learned.

  • johannine

    quote..20. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

    22..”When you know a thing, to hold that you know exposes the truth or error of it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know ..to presume to know beyond the knowing of it – this is not knowledge…it is deliberated ignorance.

    i am allway wary when i see a path..[ta0]..that winds in many directions i look for the snake..to find the head [the point]..thus number 18 stands out as the snake…[quote]..

    18. “When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; [pause/comment..when the self investigates things one develops the knowing of the thing..and the thing alone..and only to the depth of the study of the thing…;

    resume]….when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; ..[pause;please..if the thing studied in incincere..then the sincere will has recieved clarity of the uncincere thing alone..not an other things sincerity…;

    [resume please]……when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right ; when the heart is set right, …[pause please]..and think..meditate on these words..

    sincerity sets the heart within right…[right?]..continue please…[quote]..then the personal life is cultivated; ..[then the personal life is ELIVATED…and when the personal life is ELIVATED, then the family life is CULTIVATED not calculated..not regulated; when ..ONCE..the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; ..BUT IS IT CULTIVATED OR CALCULATED…

    is it order as free beings or as servants to the oppressive state…[appollo-guise..continue please…

    ”and when the national life is orderly,
    then there is peace in this world.” ..

    is this a promise or a threat..is not a slave the opposing to elivated but..calculated moderated..?

    the investigation reveals the head of the serphant..who joined to many concepts..into too long a convolution of my meditation…you know my voice..you know i did not speak this long on so many disjointed paths..

    knowing is all knowing..investigation is a serious contemplation that is limite only to that specific point not calculated..nor fixated with that unrelated..be guided by your heart not the word spells..that are a dark art.

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