Chinese Proverbs

A little impatience will spoil great plans.

Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.

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

If you bow at all, bow low.

A smile will gain you ten more years of life.

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

Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest.

A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.

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

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

A book holds a house of gold.

Talk does not cook rice.

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

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

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

A needle is not sharp at both ends.

Distant water won't help to put out a fire close at hand.

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

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Want a thing long enough and you don't.

Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.

Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

I was angered, for I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.

Men trip not on mountains they trip on molehills.

Do not want others to know what you have done? Better not have done it anyways.

A man without a smiling face must not open shop.

It is not the knowing that is difficult, but the doing.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

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


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