A List of Famous Confucius Quotes Quotations

A List of Famous Confucius Quotes

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A list of quotes from Confucius. Here are the best Confucius quotes on various subjects. The Confucius quotations list is sorted by popularity, so only the best quotes are at the top of the list. Enjoy these sayings coined by Confucius. You may copy this list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your views, then publish it to share with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers or with any other social networks you're on. Confucius was an amazing thinker and if you want to think like him check out our 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.

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

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    Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

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    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.

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    When anger rises, think of the consequences.

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

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

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    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.

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

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    A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.

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    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.

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    Have no friends not equal to yourself.

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

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    To be with God.

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    Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

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

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    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.

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

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

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    He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.

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    Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.

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    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.

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

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    Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.

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

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

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

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

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    What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.

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

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

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    To love a thing means wanting it to live.

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    To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

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

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

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

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

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    The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

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

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    Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.

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

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    Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.

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    To go too far is as bad as to fall short.

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    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.

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    Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.

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    Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed.

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    The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

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    The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety.

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

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    Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou wouldn't not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.

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