Confucius Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Confucius quotes, Confucius sayings, and Confucius proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

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It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.      

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Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.

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The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.      

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Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard.      

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He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.     

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To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

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The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.      

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

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Respect yourself and others will respect you.

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Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

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Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.

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It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.     

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To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.     

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The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.      

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Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.

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Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

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It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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Study the past if you would divine the future.     

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To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.      

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

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.     

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

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