Ten Famous Friendship Quotes by Confucius to Cherish

Famous Friendship Quotes by Confucius

Quotes by Confucius are worth to follow. There are already popular love quotes by Confucius on this site. This time here is ten famous friendship quotes by Confucius.

Confucius was born on 28 September 551 BC in Lu state a small village which is in the western part of the present day province of Shandong in China. He was a philosopher and his philosophy is known as Confucianism. Confucius died at the age of 71 or 72 due to natural causes.

Famous Friendship Quotes by Confucius

“There are three friends that help us, and three that do us harm. The friends that help us are a straight friend, an outspoken friend, and a friend that has heard much. The friends that harm us are plausible friends, friends that like to flatter, and friends with a glib tongue.” – Confucius

“A great soul is never friendless: he has always neighbours.” – Confucius

“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.” – Confucius

“A gentleman gathers friends by culture, and stays love with friendship.” – Confucius

“A gentleman is firm, not quarrelsome; a friend, not a partisan.” – Confucius

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.” – Confucius

“A workman bent on good work must first sharpen his tools. In the land that is thy home, serve those that are worthy among the great and make friends with loving knights.” – Confucius

“First and foremost, be faithful to your superiors, keep all promises, refuse the friendship of all who are not like you; and if you have made a mistake, do not be afraid of admitting the fact and amending your ways.” – Confucius

“Silence is the true friend that never betrays.” – Confucius

“I do not want a friend who smiles when I smile, who weeps when I weep; for my shadow in the pool can do better than that.” – Confucius

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