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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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    Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. 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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    The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. 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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    Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed. 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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    The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development. 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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    When prosperity comes, do not use all of it. 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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    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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    It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great. Confucius

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

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

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    He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own. 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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    Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change. Confucius

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

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    Study the past if you would divine the future. Confucius

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

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    I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women. 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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    To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Confucius

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

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    Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. 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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    We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves. 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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    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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    Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. 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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    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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    Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing. Confucius

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

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    Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. 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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    The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm. 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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    What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others. Confucius

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    Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination. 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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    The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius

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