Proverbs from China

Proverbs from China

Proverbs from China
Proverbs from China

Proverbs from China, old saying of Chinese great wisdom from letter M to Y

Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.
Proverb, (Chinese)

Man fools himself. He prays for a long life and he fears old age.
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Man has a thousand plans, heaven but one.
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Man is heaven and earth in miniature.
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Man must be sharpened on man, like knife on stone.
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Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.
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Mankind scorns a virtuous man, but heaven does not.
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Many a good face is under a ragged hat.
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Many books do not use up words; many words do not use up thoughts.
Proverb, (Chinese)

Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech.
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Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.
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Medicine can only cure curable disease, and then not always.
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Men fated to be happy need not haste.
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Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly.
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Men know not all their faults, oxen all their strength.
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Misfortune is not that which can be avoided, but that which cannot.
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Make sure you leave some fat for the other side.
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Mallet strikes chisel; chisel splits wood.
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Man cannot stir one inch without the push of heaven’s finger.
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Man concocts a million schemes; god knows but one.
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O eggs, never fight with stones!
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O man, you who do not live a hundred years, why fret a thousand minutes?
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Of a dead leopard we keep the skin, of man his reputation.
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Of all the thirty-six alternatives, running away is the best.
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Often one finds one’s destiny just where one hides to avoid it.
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On entering a country, ask what is forbidden, on entering a village, ask what are the customs, on entering a private house, ask what should not be mentioned.
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Once bitten by a snake, he is scared all his life at the mere sight of a rope.
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Once on a tiger’s back it is hard to alight.
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One can care little for man, but we need a friend.
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One cannot manage too many affairs; like pumpkins in water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other.
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One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.
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One family builds the wall, two families enjoy it.
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One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade.
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One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows.
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One joy shatters a hundred griefs.
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One monk shoulders water by himself; two can still share the labor among them. When it comes to three, they have to go thirsty.
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One should be just as careful in choosing one’s pleasures as in avoiding calamities.
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One step at a time is good walking.
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One’s shadow grows larger than life when admired by the light of the moon.
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Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.
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Only he who has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.
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Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire.
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Out of a dog’s mouth will never come ivory tusks.
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Outside noisy, inside empty.
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Jade and men, both are sharpened by bitter tools.
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Judge not the horse by his saddle.
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Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies.
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Just scales and full measure injure no man.
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Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.
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Kill a chicken before a monkey.
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Kill one to warn a hundred.
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Kill the chicken to frighten the monkey.
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Know thyself to know others, for heart beats like heart.
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Nature is better than a middling doctor.
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Tragedy happiness and wisdom
Tragedy happiness and wisdom

Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.
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Never answer a letter while you are angry.
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Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.
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Never try to catch two frogs with one hand.
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Never write a letter while you are angry.
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No matter how stout one beam, it cannot support a house.
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No matter how tall the mountain, it cannot block out the sun.
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No medicines can cure the vulgar man.
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No melon-peddler cries: Bitter melons! No wine-dealer says: Sour wine!
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No wind, no waves.
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Not wine . . . men intoxicate themselves; not vice . . . men entice themselves.
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Paper can’t wrap up a fire.
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Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.
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Patience and the mulberry leaf become a silk robe.
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Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry becomes silk.
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Peace and tranquility are a thousand gold pieces.
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Pick your inn before the dark; get on your road before the dawn.
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Plan your year in the spring, your day at dawn.
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Pleasures are shallow, sorrows deep.
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Politeness wins the confidence of princes.
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Practice no vice because it’s trivial; neglect no virtue because it’s so.
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Present to the eye, present to the mind.
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Priests return to the temple, merchants to the shop.
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Pure gold does not fear the smelter.
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Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.
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Rather once cry your heart out than always sigh.
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Rats know the way of rats.
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Reform a gambler . . . cure leprosy.
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Reshape one’s foot to try to fit into a new shoe.
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Rich men accumulate money; the poor accumulate years.
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Riches add to the house, virtues to the man.
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Riches: a dream in the night; fame: a gull floating on water.
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Rivers and mountains may change; human nature, never.
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Rotten wood cannot be carved.
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Runaway son, a shining jewel; runaway daughter, tarnished.
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Scholars talk books, butchers talk pigs.
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Schoolmaster, stick to your books; farmer, to your pigs.
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Seeking fish? Don’t dive in the pond; go home and get a net.
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Sending charcoal in the snow is better than adding flowers to a brocade.
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Silly toad: planning a meal of goose!
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Sit atop the mountain and watch the tigers fight.
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Slander cannot destroy an honest man: when the flood recedes the rock is there.
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Slow in word, swift in deed.
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Small ills are the fountains of most of our groans. Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones.
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Small men think they are small; great men never know they are great.
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So long as a man is angry he cannot be in the right.
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Some prefer carrots while others like cabbage.
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Sorrow is the child of too much joy.
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Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted.
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Steal a bell with one’s ears covered.
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Swiftest horse cannot overtake the word once spoken.
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The best soldiers are not warlike.
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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
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The black dog gets the food; the white dog gets the blame.
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The broad-minded see the truth in different religions; the narrow-minded see only the differences.
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The careful foot can walk anywhere.
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The court official in one life has seven rebirths as a beggar.
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The day your horse dies and your money’s lost, your relatives change to strangers.
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The delicacy of the feast is the learned guest.
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The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials.
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Chinese proverb on smile
Chinese proverb on smile

The emperor is rich, but he cannot buy one extra year.
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The error of one moment becomes the sorrow of a whole life.
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The father in praising the son extols himself.
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The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.
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The first half of the night, think of your own faults; the second half, the faults of others.
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The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
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The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.
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The happiness in your pocket, don’t spend it all.
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The house with an old grandparent harbors a jewel.
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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
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The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it.
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The loftiest towers rise from the ground.
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The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be.
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The man who comes with a talk about others has himself an ax to grind.
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The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking in the night.
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The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
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The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.
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The mind is the emperor of the body.
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The net of heaven is large and wide, but it lets nothing through.
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The older the ginger, the more it bites.
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The one who first resorts to violence shows that he has no more arguments.
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The one who plants the tree is not the one who will enjoy its shade.
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The one who understands does not speak, the one who speaks does not understand.
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The palest ink is better than the best memory.
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The path of duty lies in what is near at hand, but men seek for it in what is remote.
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The pen can kill a man; no knife is needed.
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The peony is beautiful, yet it is supported by a stalk.
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The pine stays green in winter, wisdom in hardship.
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The remedy for dirt is soap and water. The remedy for dying is living.
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The rich man plans for tomorrow, the poor man for today.
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The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.
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The saving man becomes the free man.
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The sheep has no choice when in the jaws of the wolf.
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The water that bears the ship is the same that engulfs it.
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The weasel comes to say “Happy New Year!” to the chickens.
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The woman who tells her age is either too young to have anything to lose or too old to have anything to gain.
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The Yangtze never runs backwards; man recaptures not his youth.
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There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.
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There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn.
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There is no economy in going to bed early to save candles if the result is twins.
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Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.
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Those who despise money will eventually sponge on their friends.
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Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men’s clothes.
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Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
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Though you live near a forest, do not waste firewood.
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To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.
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To believe in one’s dreams is to spend all of one’s life asleep.
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To forget one’s ancestor’s is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.
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To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.
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To go beyond is as bad as to fall short.
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To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
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To listen well is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well and is as essential to all true conversation.
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To meet an old friend in a distant country is like the delight of rain after a long drought.
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To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art.
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To persecute the unfortunate is like throwing stones on one fallen into a well.
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To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish.
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To understand your parents’ love bear your own children.
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To violate the law is the same crime in the emperor as in the subject.
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Chinese words of wisdom
Chinese words of wisdom

Transgressions should never be forgiven a third time.
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Two barrels of tears will not heal a bruise.
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Two good talkers are not worth one good listener.
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Take a second look; it costs you nothing.
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Talent counts thirty percent; appearance counts seventy.
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Talk does not cook rice.
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Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.
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Temptation wrings integrity even as the thumbscrew twists a man’s fingers.
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Thatch your roof before rainy weather, dig your well before you become parched with thirst.
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The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
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The best cure for drunkenness is whilst sober to observe a drunken person.
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The best memory is not so firm as faded ink.
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Unplowed fields make hollow bellies; unread books make hollow minds.
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Use power to curb power.
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Vicious as a tigress can be, she never eats her own cubs.
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Virtue becomes a wife; beauty becomes a concubine.
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Virtue is not left to stand alone.
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Virtue never dwells alone, it always has neighbors.
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Virtue practiced to be seen is not real virtue; vice which fears to be seen is real vice.
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Virtue: climbing a hill; vice: running down.
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Virtuous for ten years is still not enough; evil for one day is too much already.
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Wait long, strike fast.
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Waiting for a rabbit to hit upon a tree and be killed in order to catch it.
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Walls have ears.
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Want a thing long enough, and you don’t.
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Water and words are easy to pour but impossible to recover.
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Water that has reached its level does not flow.
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We all like lamb; each has a different way of cooking it.
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We are not so much concerned if you are slow as when you come to a halt.
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We can study until old age and still not finish.
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We forget even incense in easy times; come hard times, we embrace the Buddha’s feet.
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Wealth is but dung, useful only when spread.
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Weaving a net is better than praying for fish at the edge of the water.
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What is whispered in your ear is often heard a hundred miles off.
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What the eye sees not, the heart craves not.
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What you cannot avoid, welcome.
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Whatsoever was the father of a disease, an ill diet was the mother.
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When a large vessel has opened a way it is easy for a small one to follow.
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When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
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When the cat is gone, the mice come out to stretch.
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When the mantis hunts the locust, he forgets the shrike that’s hunting him.
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When the tree dies, the grass underneath withers.
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When the tree falls, the shadow flies.
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When the tree waves, wind is stirring.
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When you bow, bow low.
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When you fall into a pit, you either die or get out.
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When you have only two dollars left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a rose with the other.
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When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
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When you say one thing, the clever person understands three.
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When you want to test the depths of a stream, don’t use both feet.
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When your horse in on the brink of a precipice, it is too late to pull the reins.
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Whenever the water rises, the boat will rise too.
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Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things.
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Who rides a tiger cannot dismount.
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Who teaches me for a day is my father for a lifetime.
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With money one may command devils; without it, one cannot even summon a man.
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With reason one can travel the world over; without it, it is hard to move an inch.
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With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
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Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook.
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Women can hold up half the sky.
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Yellow gold is plentiful compared to white-haired friends.
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You burn incense before the god, and then topple him.
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You can hardly make a friend in a year, but you can easily offend one in an hour.
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You can’t catch a cub without going into the tiger’s den.
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You can’t clap with one hand only.
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You can’t expect both ends of a sugar cane to be as sweet.
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You can’t fill your belly painting pictures of bread.
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You cannot draw white cloth from a dying vat.
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You cannot hook trout? Try digging clams.
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You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
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You must have crossed the river before you may tell the crocodile he has bad breath.
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You must scale the mountains if you would view the plain.
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You think you’ve lost your horse? Who knows, he may bring a whole herd back to you someday.
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You want no one to know it? Then don’t do it.
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You won’t help shoots grow by pulling them up higher.
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Your fingers can’t be of the same length.
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Read also Chinese proverbs and sayings of great wisdom from letter A to L

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https://www.english-culture.com/origin-of-proverbs/

https://www.english-culture.com/wisdom-of-proverbs/

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Proverbs from China ultima modifica: 2020-12-29T09:53:58+00:00 da Carl William Brown