Chinese Proverbs – To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn.
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To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
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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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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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Think of your 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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To persecute the unfortunate is like throwing stones on one fallen into a well.
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There is no silver here: three hundred taels.
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With money you are a dragon; with no money, a worm.
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You can only go halfway into the darkest forest; then you are coming out the other side.
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To understand your parents’ love you must raise children yourself.
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Your fingers can’t be of the same length.
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When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.
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Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
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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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Waiting for a rabbit to hit upon a tree and be killed in order to catch it.
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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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Use power to curb power.
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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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Three humble shoemakers brainstorming will make a great statesman.
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Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook.
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When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
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When we have nothing to worry about we are not doing much, and not doing much supplies us with plenty of future worries.
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You won’t help shoots grow by pulling them up higher.
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Vicious as a tigeress can be, she never eats her own cubs.
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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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With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
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When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.
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You think you lost your horse? Who knows, he may bring a whole herd back to you someday.
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You can’t catch a cub without going into the tiger’s den.
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When you are poor, neighbors close by will not come; once you become rich, you’ll be surprised by visits from (alleged) relatives afar.
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When you want to test the depths of a stream, don’t use both feet.
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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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To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.
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You can’t expect both ends of a sugar cane are as sweet.
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