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Confucius

Confucius is considered as one of the greatest Chinese thinkers of all time. His influence is still felt today and can be seen through the many jokes using his name and quotes attributed to him. However, he was much more than a few quotes. His philosophies have helped shape human history and helped many people overcome problems throughout their lives. People believe that if you follow what Confucius taught, you will receive inner peace.

He is most well-known for his set of books called "Five Classics" and his philosophical system known as Confucianism.

Continue reading for some quotes from Confucius.


A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.
The cautious seldom err.
It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.
He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.
If we don't know life, how can we know death?
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
Heaven means to be one with God.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
What is the sound of one hand clapping?
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito.