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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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Have no friends not equal to yourself. Confucius

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Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. Confucius

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Study the past if you would divine the future. Confucius

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Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in. 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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michaelj72 added A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.

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The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety. Confucius

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michaelj72 added Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed. Confucius

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michaelj72 added As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.

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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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michaelj72 added Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

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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 superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. 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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The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development. Confucius

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If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct? Confucius

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Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change. 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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Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of 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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michaelj72 added By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

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

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Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role. 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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To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage. 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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michaelj72 added Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honours depend upon heaven. 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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The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius

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

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

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michaelj72 added 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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I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being. 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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What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others. Confucius

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michaelj72 added Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

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michaelj72 added Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

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kamboj-johny added To know what you know and to know what you don't know that is real wisdom.

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

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