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.


Exemplary persons are steadfast in the face of adversity, while petty persons are engulfed by it.     

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Silence is a true friend who never betrays.     

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For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say.     

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If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day.     

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

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

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

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The superior man limits his achievements.     

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The superior man is intelligently, not blindly, faithful.     

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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.     

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The superior man is firm in the right way and not merely firm.     

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

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

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The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.     

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The superior man loves his soul; the inferior man loves his property.     

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Great is the man who can overcome the world, but greater still is the man who can overcome himself, for he will have the world spinning on the palm of his hand.     

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If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be thoughtfulness.     

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A man who reviews the old so as to find out the new is qualified to teach others.     

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The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it.     

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

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When the wind blows, the grass bends.     

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The Way of our Master is none other than conscientiousness of altruism.     

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Silence is a true friend who never betrays.     

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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 asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.     

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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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Big head, target for enemy; big heart, target for friend.     

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart.     

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Do not do unto others what you would not want others to do unto you.     

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We can know a person by observing his behaviour, understanding the reasons for his actions and ascertaining his intentions. If we do this, how can we not know him?     

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