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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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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
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Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
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A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
5
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
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It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
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Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.
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What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
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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.
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He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
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Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
12
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
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To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
14
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
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Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
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To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
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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.
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When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
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Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.
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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.
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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.
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When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
23
In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.
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Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
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A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.