The Best Confucius Quotes & Sayings | Inspirational Podcasts

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Today’s podcast was edited and adapted from the Analects of Confucius, which are believed to have been written by Confucius and his followers between 475 and 221 B.C.

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

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

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

A person who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.

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

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

The individual who conquers themselves is the mightiest warrior.

Silence is the true friend that never betrays.

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.

Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.

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

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.

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

A person who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at their door.

To love a thing means wanting it to live.

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

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

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

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.

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

A fool despises good counsel, but a wise person takes it to heart.

The gem cannot be polished without friction nor an individual without trials.

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach their own family.

I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.

When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

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