Best 5 Confucius Quotations With Timeless Wisdom

Last Updated November 7th, 2017

There are lots of wisdom by this Chinese philosopher, Confucius from the book “The Analects“.

This book is a collection of sayings and ideas attributed to this Chinese master and his contemporaries. It is believed that this book was written by Confucius’ followers.

There are twenty books with his political thoughts, moral thinking, as well as code of conduct.

best 5 Confucius quotations

Best 5 Confucius Quotations From Analects

Check out my all-time favorite the best five Confucius quotations:


“To err and not change – that, we may say, is to err.” – Confucius

“ 過而不改、是謂過矣 ” (Mandarin)

(The Analects Of Confucius, Online Teaching Translation By Robert Eno, Version 2.2, 2015; 15:30)

(Another translation of the quote is found in: The Analects Of Confucius By William Edward Soothill, Published By The Author, 1910, Vol.VIII, Book XV, Wei Ling Kung, Chiefly On The Maintenance Of Principles And Character, Ch. XXIX, P. 757)


“The wise are not confused, the ren (benevolent) are not beset with cares, the valorous are not fearful.” – Confucius

“ 知者不惑,仁者不憂,勇者不懼 ” (Mandarin)

(The Analects Of Confucius, Online Teaching Translation By Robert Eno, Version 2.2, 2015; 9:29)

(Another translation of this quote is found in: The Analects Of Confucius By William Edward Soothill, Published By The Author, 1910, Vol.V, Book IX, Tzu Han Chiefly Personal, Ch. XXVIII, P. 457)


“To know when you know something, and to know when you don’t know, that’s knowledge.” – Confucius

“ 知之為知之,不知為不知,是知也 ” (Mandarin)

(The Analects of Confucius, Online Teaching Translation By Robert Eno, Version 2.2, 2015; 2:17)

(Another translation of the quote is found in: The Analects Of Confucius By William Edward Soothill, Published By The Author, 1910, Vol.1, Book II, Concerning Government, Ch. VII; PP. 165 & 167)


“Do not be concerned that no one recognizes your merits. Be concerned that you may not recognize others.” – Confucius

“ 不患人之不己知、患不知人也 ” (Mandarin)

(The Analects Of Confucius, Online Teaching Translation By Robert Eno, Version 2.2, 2015; 1:16)

(Another translation of the quote is found in: The Analects Of Confucius By William Edward Soothill, Published By The Author, 1910, Vol.I, Book I, Concerning Fundamental Principles, Ch. XVI, P. 143)


“A man who does not think far ahead will have troubles near at hand.” – Confucius

“人無遠慮,必有近憂 ” (Mandarin)

(The Analects Of Confucius, Online Teaching Translation By Robert Eno, Version 2.2, 2015; 15:12)

(Another translation of the quote is found in: The Analects Of Confucius By William Edward Soothill, Published By The Author, 1910, Vol.VIII, Book XV, Wei Ling Kung, Chiefly On The Maintenance Of Principles And Character, Ch. XI, PP. 735 & 737)


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