Inspiring Confucius Quotes in Chinese and English

Do you know who Confucius is? If you don't, he is considered to be one of China's first teachers and his quotes and learnings have profoundly inspired generations of people around the world for thousands of years. Today, you will be learning some of his most famous learnings in both Chinese Mandarin and English.


See our top 10 Confucius quotes below and be sure to watch the video at the end to hear more inspiring quotes!


1. 己所不欲,勿施于人。

jǐ suǒ bú yù,wù shī yú rén.

Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you.


2. 言必信,行必果。

yán bì xìn, xíng bì guǒ.

Promises must be kept and actions must be resolute.


3. 过而不改,是谓过矣。

guò ér bù gǎi, shì wèiguò yǐ.

A fault uncorrected is a fault indeed.


4. 后生可畏,焉知来者之不如今也?

hòushēngkěwèi, yān zhī lái zhě zhī bù rújīn yě?

The youth have great potential. Who is to say they will not be our equals in the future?


5. 苟志于仁矣,无恶也。

gǒu zhì yú rén yǐ, wú è yě.

Dedicating yourself to the pursuit of benevolence leaves no room for evil.


6. 朝闻道,夕死可矣。

zhāo wén dào, xī sǐ kě yǐ.

Know the way at dawn and die without regret at dusk.


7. 放于利而行,多怨。

fàng yú lì ér xíng, duō yuàn.

Acting out of self-interest creates widespread resentment.


8. 有教无类。

yǒu jiào wú lèi.

Education for all without discrimination.


9. 学而时习之,不亦说乎?

xué ér shí xí zhī, bú yì shuō hū?

Is not the process of learning and practicing a joy?

10. 学如不及,犹恐失之。

xué rú bùjí, yóu kǒng shī zhī.

Learn as if there is no tomorrow.



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