A List of Famous Confucius Quotes Quotations
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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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    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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    The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. Confucius

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    The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials. 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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    Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. 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 is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions. 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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    To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage. 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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    The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. Confucius

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    It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great. 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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    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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    The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius

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

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

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

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

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

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    Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. 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 want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being. 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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    We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves. Confucius

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    Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. 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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    Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. Confucius

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    Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. 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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    Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object? 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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    To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle. 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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    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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    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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    What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others. 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 is firm in the right way, and not merely firm. 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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    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 thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. 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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