Portrait of Confucius

Quotes by Confucius

551 BCE – 479 BCE

Confucius is China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist. In a time of great political upheaval, he sought an intellectual basis for a stable political and social order which he believed lay with a ruler who would rule with wisdom and virtue and would be opposed to force and violence.


For additional information about Confucius see the following:

  • in the Forum: the Goodrich Seminar Room entry on Confucius

Literature & Music

Confucius edited this collection of poems which contains a poem about “Yellow Birds” who ravenously eat the crops of the local people, thus alienating them completely (520 BC)



Confucius on Prudence and the Superior Man