Quotations China’s Confucius says

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.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. If we don't know life, how can we know death?
If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot. 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. In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Our greatest glory is not in ever falling, but in rising every time we fall. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Kong Fuzi, known by his Latin name, Confucius, lived from 551 to 479 BC. Kong is a common name in China and Fuzi means teacher. Living in times of division, chaos, and endless wars between feudal states, Confucius wanted to restore the Mandate of Heaven that could unify the "world" (i.e. China) and bestow peace and prosperity on the people. Although Confucianism is often followed in a religious manner by the Chinese, arguments continue over whether it is a religion. Confucianism lacks an afterlife, its texts express complex and ambivalent views concerning deities, and it is relatively unconcerned with some spiritual matters often considered essential to religious thought, such as the nature of the soul.