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.


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

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A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard.     

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To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.     

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He who chases two rabbits, catches none.     

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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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Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.     

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

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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.     

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To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.     

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To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.     

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A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless.     

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When frying small fish, disturb them little.     

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A man without persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician.     

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The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.     

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Slander soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive.     

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If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.     

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In speaking, it is best to be clear and say just enough to convey the meaning.     

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Never hesitate to ask a lesser person.     

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Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of man.     

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Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.     

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A gentleman considers what is right; the vulgar consider what will pay.     

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Ceremonies are the first thing to be attended to in the practice of government.     

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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.     

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The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.     

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It is the obligation of the ruler to continually renew himself in order to renew the people by his example.     

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The superior man, while his parents are alive, reverently nourishes them; and, when they are dead, reverently sacrifices to them. His thought to the end of his life is how not to disgrace them.     

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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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The way of a superior man is threefold: virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear.     

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

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