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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 superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. 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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    Study the past if you would divine the future. 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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    The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety. Confucius

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    By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

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    Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

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

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    He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own. 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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    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 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 more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. 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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    The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. 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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    As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.

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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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    Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

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

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    Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change. 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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    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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    Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society. 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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    To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage. Confucius

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

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

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    A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.

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    Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

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

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    Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.

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

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

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    Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. 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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    Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object? 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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    It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great. Confucius

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    They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. 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 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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    It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

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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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