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The Most Famous Confucius Quotes

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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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    Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

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

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

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    When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius

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

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

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

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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. Confucius

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

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

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    He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. Confucius

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

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

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    Silence is the true friend that never betrays. Confucius

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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. Confucius

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

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    Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue. Confucius

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

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

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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. Confucius

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

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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. Confucius

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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. Confucius

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    To love a thing means wanting it to live. Confucius

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

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

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

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

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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. Confucius

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

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

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

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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. Confucius

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

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

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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. Confucius

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

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

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    To be with God. Confucius

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

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

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    Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things. Confucius

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

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    Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.

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

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

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    Have no friends not equal to yourself. Confucius

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

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

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