Chinese Proverbs

“Love isn’t about having, it’s about enjoying what you have.”

“Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come. “

“Man cannot be judged by looks; seas cannot be measured by cup.”

“Man’s schemes are inferior to those made by heaven. “

“Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech.”

“Men trip not on mountains, they trip on molehills.”

A book holds a house of gold.

Talk does not cook rice.

A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things.

Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.

A bad word worshipped will echo a hundred miles. “

“A bird can roost but on one branch, a mouse can drink not more than its fill from a river.”

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

“A candle lights others and consumes itself.”

“A clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.”

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest.

A clever person turns great troubles into little ones, and little ones into none at all.”

“A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood”

“A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.”

A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.

“A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.”

“A good book is like a good friend.”

“A good memory can’t beat a bad pen.”

“A good name is better than a good face.”

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.

A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood

“A hundred no’s are less agonizing than one insincere yes.”

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

“A little impatience will spoil great plans.”

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

A needle is not sharp at both ends.

Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.

A man grows most tired while standing still.”

“A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things.”

“No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun.”

“Numerous friends means no deep friendship.”

“Often one finds one’s destiny just where one hides to avoid it. “

“One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.”

“One who stands straight doesn’t fear a crooked shadow.”

“A man without a smiling face must not open shop.”

“A needle is not sharp at both ends.”

“A person of high principles is one who can watch an entire chess game without making a comment.”

“A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books. “

Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

In a group of many words, there is bound to be a mistake somewhere in them.

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently.

“A smile dispels many worries.”

“A smile will gain you ten more years of life.”

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion. “

“A book holds a house of gold.”

“A wise man makes his own decisions, but an ignorant man mindlessly follows the crowd.”

Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.

Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to true conversation.

Two good talkers are not worth one good listener.

A hundred no’s are less agonizing than one insincere yes.

“All things change, and we change with them.”

“An inch of time is worth an inch of gold, but an inch of gold may not buy an inch of time.”

“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet. “

“As distance tests a horse’s strength, time reveals a person’s character.”

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

He who cheats the earth will be cheated by the earth.

Only one who can swallow an insult is a man.

One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.

“Before preparing to improve the world, first look around your own home three times.”

“Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest.”

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.”

“Better the cottage where one is merry than the palace where one weeps.”

Better the cottage where one is merry than the palace where one weeps.

Distant water does not put out a nearby fire.

The more acquaintances you have, the less you know them.

“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

“Blessings come in disguise.”

“By falling we learn to go safely”

“Control your emotions or they will control you. “

“Dig the well before you are thirsty. “

He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.

“Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.”

“Even an upright official finds it hard to settle a family quarrel.”

“Every child born has innate goodness. “

“Outside noisy, inside empty. “

“Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.”

“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it. “

“Every step makes a footprint.”

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

All things change, and we change with them.

“Do everything at the right time, and one day will seem like three.”

“Do not believe that you will reach your destination without leaving the shore.”

“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see. “

If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back.

“Distant water does not put out a nearby fire.”

“Enduring deepening pain is how man ascends.”

“Even a dragon struggles to control a snake in its native haunt.”

Genius can be recognized by its childish simplicity.

“The people who talk the best are not the only ones who can tell you the most interesting things.”

“The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere. “

“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.”

“Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand. “

“Tenacity and adversity are old foes.”

“Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. “

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”

“The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle. “

“The person who is his own master cannot tolerate another boss.”

“There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.”

“Think about your own faults during the first half of the night, and the faults of others during the second half.”

There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.

“Opportunity knocks at the door only once”

“Radishes and greens, each have those who love them.”

“Ripe fruit falls by itself – but it doesn’t fall in your mouth.”

“Small as it is, the sparrow has all the vital organs.”

“Small men think they are small; great men never know they are great.”

“Solve one problem, and you keep a hundred others away.”

“Talk does not cook rice.”

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