Chinese Proverbs


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You can hardly make a friend in a year, but you can lose one in an hour.

While the boy is small you can see the man.

When you only have two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.

To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is ridiculous.

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.

There are always ears on the other side of the wall.

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away a small stone.

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

The beginning of wisdom is the realization that what is of concern today won't seem important tomorrow.

Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.

Talk doesn't cook rice.

Steal a bell with one's ears covered.

Propriety governs the superior man; law, the inferior man.

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.

One dog barks at something, and a hundred bark at the sound.

No wind, no waves.

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.

If you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years, grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow men.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

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

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.

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