This webiste is dedicated to the Chinese wisdom and wise sayings of Confucius (Kong Fu Zu), the great sage of China. It is composed of quotations of Confucius organized by category. The quotations are taken from The Confucian Analects.


Confucius on Security

On security Confucius said:

  • "The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved."

Confucius on Ignorance

On ignorance Confucius said:

"Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star."

Confucius on Sucess

Of success Confucius said:

"The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration."

Confucius on Character Flaws

On personal flaws of character Confucius said:

  • "When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them."
  • "When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves."

Confucius on Leadership

Of leadership and proper planning Confucius said:

  • "The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it."
  • "If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand."

Confucius on Thrift

Of excess and thrift Confucius said:

  • "To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short."
  • "He who will not economize will have to agonize."

Confucius on Anger

Of anger Confucius said:

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