Confucius about Knowledge and Learning



I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
do and I understand.



Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.

Great Learner

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.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

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

Study the past if you would divine the future.

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.

In a hamlet of ten households, there are bound to be those who are my equal in doing their best for others and in being trustworthy in what they say, but they are unlikely to be as eager to learn as I am.

He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

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

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.


The essence of knowledge is,
having it, to apply it;
not having it, to confess your ignorance

Even when walking in the company of two other men, I am bound to be able to learn from them. The good points of the one I copy; the bad points of the other I correct in myself.

The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.

Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in menís clothes.

The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.

The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends Ė such a man may be reckoned a complete man.

Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!

The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.

While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]?...While you do not know life, how can you know about death?




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