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.


To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.     

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

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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.     

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

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A ruthless man extends his ruthlessness from those he does not love to those he loves.     

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart.     

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When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.     

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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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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.     

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The more man meditates upon good thoughts the better will be his world and the world at large.      

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Person who chases two rabbits catches neither.      

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Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous.     

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Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.     

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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.     

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Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed.     

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

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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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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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The virtuous man is driven by responsibility, the non-virtuous man is driven by profit.     

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A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless.     

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.     

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

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

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

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

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A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.     

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When you see a good person, think of becoming like him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.     

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