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

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

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    Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. 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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    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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    What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others. Confucius

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    He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. Confucius

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    Silence is the true friend that never betrays. Confucius

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    To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. 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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    Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. 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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    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 we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. 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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    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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    When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them. 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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    Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? 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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    To love a thing means wanting it to live. 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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    It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. Confucius

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

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    To be with God. 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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    The real fault is to have faults and not amend them. Confucius

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

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    Have no friends not equal to yourself. 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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    I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known. Confucius

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    Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things. Confucius

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    Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. Confucius

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

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

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

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    Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in. 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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    If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear? Confucius

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

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

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

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

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