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.


Wherever you go, go with all your heart.     

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

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When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.      

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The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.     

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Expect much from yourself and little from others and you will avoid incurring resentments.     

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It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.     

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The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.     

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart.     

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If we don't know life, how can we know death?     

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

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Straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness.     

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Heaven means to be one with God.     

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Study the past if you would define the future.     

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The superior person understands rightness; the inferior person understands profit.     

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I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.     

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

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These are the four abuses: desire to succeed in order to make oneself famous; taking credit for the labors of others; refusal to correct one's errors despite advice; refusal to change one's ideas despite warnings.     

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

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A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.     

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It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.     

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Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.     

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If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.     

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A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?     

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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.     

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

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They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.     

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An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.     

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He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.     

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The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.     

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

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