Chinese Proverbs and Sayings

Chinese Proverbs and Sayings

  • Public before private and country before family.
  • If your strength is small, don’t carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don’t give advice.
  • Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.
  • Waiting for a rabbit to hit upon a tree and be killed in order to catch it.
  • Failing to steal chickens and losing a fistful of rice into the bargain.
  • Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead.
  • The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
  • Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.
  • Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness
  • A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
  • A book holds a house of gold.
  • Butcher the donkey after it finished his job on the mill.
  • If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
  • he drinker’s heart is not in the drop
  • Keeping the company of an emperor is like keeping the company of a tiger
  • Hearing a hundred times is not as good as seeing once
  • The Way that can be expressed is not the everlasting way. Names that can be named are not changeless names

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