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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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    The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety. 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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    Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. Confucius

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

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

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    Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it. Confucius

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

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    The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. Confucius

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    Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society. Confucius

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    Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it. Confucius

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    To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Confucius

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

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    With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things. Confucius

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    Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change. Confucius

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    Study the past if you would divine the future. Confucius

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    The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius

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    We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves. Confucius

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    Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role. Confucius

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    To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage. Confucius

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    Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others. Confucius

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    Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous. Confucius

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    I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women. Confucius

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    There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius

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    Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing. Confucius

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    Tsze-Kung asked, saying, is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life? The Master said, Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius

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    It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great. Confucius

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    Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. Confucius

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    Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius

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    Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. Confucius

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    To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle. Confucius

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    I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being. Confucius

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    The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius

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    Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honours depend upon heaven. Confucius

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    Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object? Confucius

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    To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things Confucius

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    What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others. Confucius

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    The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear. Confucius

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    The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm. Confucius

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    The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself. Confucius

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    Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination. Confucius

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    They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. Confucius

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    The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them. Confucius

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    Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful. How can the man be considered wise who when he had the choice does not settle in benevolence. Confucius

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    When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant. Confucius

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    Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.

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    to understand nothing is to understand everything give its meaning

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    To know what you know and to know what you don't know that is real wisdom.

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