Chinese Proverbs


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What exists in the morning we cannot be certain of in the evening; what exists in the evening we cannot calculate upon for the next morning. The fortunes of men are as uncertain as the winds and clouds of heaven.

Wedlock is a padlock.

Were I to await perfection, my book would never be finished.

What centenarian has 36,000 days of pleasure?

Unable either to use or part with.

Unless your friend be your superior, you had better have none; and for a few days observe whether his subsequent greetings equal his first.

Vice cannot be concealed. Lit.: An ugly daughter-in-law cannot conceal that face from her mother-in-law.

Want of forbearance causes small offences to become great.

We only see the living punished; who ever saw a ghost wearing a cangue?

Uncared for like a dog whose master is dead.

Unmarried, a woman obeys her father; married, her husband.

Vicious as a tigress can be, she never eats her own cubs.

Wares are good and bad; prices high and low.

We remember riding on bamboos as boys, and lo! We are white with age.

Under a powerful general there are no feeble soldiers.

Unplowed fields make hollow bellies; unread books make hollow minds.

Vicious conduct will cause a man?s name to stink for ten thousand years.

Warn men against keen coveting of wealth, for wealth thus coveted provokes the wrath of Heaven.

We scheme for three meals per day and for one sleep by night.

Under each man?s name is his own fortune.

Until times favor you, no luck can you enjoy: And should you try to sail, head winds will you annoy.

Virtue and vice, wisdom and folly are not hereditary.

Washing his face he wets his paws; eating his rice he wets his jaws.

We work with the rising, rest with the setting sun.

Undignified teaching proves a lazy master.

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