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This list of quotes from Confucius ranks the best Confucius quotes on various subjects according to votes from users like you, so only the best Confucius quotations are at the top of the list. Enjoy these wise sayings coined by Confucius. Many of these sayings became the bedrock for Confucianism. Quotes from Confucius offer insights about life, the universe, and everything.There are even funny Confucius quotes proving that insightful humor can withstand the test of roughly 2,500 years.

Most quotes by Confucius illustrate the influential Chinese thinker's wisdom in matters of practicality and philosophy. Confucius quotes about love cover both, offering his thoughts on how we relate to loved ones, particularly within families. Confucius was an amazing thinker and if you want to think like him, check out our inspirational honesty quotes, integrity quotes and sacrifice quotes.
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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

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1,301 167
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

1,035 120
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius

1,208 158
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius

1,044 135
When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius

834 96
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Confucius

724 78
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others. Confucius

861 124
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated. Confucius

788 127
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. Confucius

561 73
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. Confucius

617 93
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. Confucius

556 78
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. Confucius

465 67
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. Confucius

458 67
Silence is the true friend that never betrays. Confucius

391 50
Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

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398 69
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness. Confucius

315 45
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. Confucius

341 54
Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue. Confucius

338 54
When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them. Confucius

349 59
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. Confucius

300 43
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius

277 39
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. Confucius

293 46
In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of. Confucius

272 40
To love a thing means wanting it to live. Confucius

289 48
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? Confucius

349 72
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. Confucius

197 20
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions. Confucius

203 22
When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self. Confucius

206 23
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart. Confucius

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198 21
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Confucius

211 26
The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials. Confucius

193 21
The real fault is to have faults and not amend them. Confucius

281 51
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge. Confucius

216 30
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. Confucius

207 30
I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known. Confucius

149 15
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it. Confucius

198 33
When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right ; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world. Confucius

170 24
To go too far is as bad as to fall short. Confucius

104 8
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160 23
Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away. Confucius

161 25
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance. Confucius

150 21
Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. Confucius

304 106
To be with God. Confucius

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170 32
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius

164 31
Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things. Confucius

133 19
The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost. Confucius

157 30
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. Confucius

163 34
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Confucius

118 16
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius

103 12
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own. Confucius