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.


Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree, but it preserves it.     

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

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We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.     

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Words are the voice of the heart.     

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The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.     

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Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.     

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Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.     

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The superior man is anxious lest he should not get the truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him.     

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Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God.     

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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 great man is sparing in words but prodigal in deeds.     

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A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps.     

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A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.     

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A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps.     

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Return good for good; return evil with justice.     

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Never seek illicit wealth.     

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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.     

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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.     

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Every house guest brings you happiness. Some when they arrive, and some when they are leaving.     

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It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.      

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

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There are not the weeds the ones that drown the good seed, but the negligence of the peasant.     

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It cannot be when the root is neglected that what springs from it will be well ordered.     

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Character is the backbone of our human culture. Music is the flowering of character.     

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Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.     

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You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath.     

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To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.     

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The person of benevolence never worries.     

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Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity.     

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Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful. How can the man be considered wise who when he had the choice does not settle in benevolence.     

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