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Confucius (551 – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher.
His philosophy emphasized morality, fidelity of social relationships, justice, and sincerity. His thoughts were honored official sanction after the collapse of Qin and continued to be developed into a system in the West called Confucianism.
Confucius’s principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty and respect of elders by their children and of husbands and wives, recommending filial piety as the groundwork for ideal government.
You’ve probably heard one of his well-known principles—The Golden Rule—hundreds of times:
“Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”
These Confucius quotes represent the nature of his moral doctrine and timeless wisdom for better living.
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”
We hope these Confucius quotes put you on a virtuous path! Let us know if there are any of your favorites that we missed!
— Hannah Hutyra