Chinese Proverbs


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Very fond of bragging.

Wait long, strike fast.

We count our miseries carefully, and accept our blessings without much thought.

Weather varies every hundred miles.

Unless we change direction, we are likely to wind up where we are headed.

Like one who has drawn out his muscles.

Wait till the Yellow Eiver becomes clear, and how old will you be?

We dare not injure the bodies received from our parents.

Unless you have business never go up to the temple of the Three Precious Ones.

To rub away an iron ink-slab.

Waiting for a rabbit to hit upon a tree and be killed in order to catch it.

We earn a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.

Unless you will give him some trifling sum, you can?t get rid of a destitute chum.

Viands have various flavors; what pleases the palate is good.

Walk along slowly---perhaps you will, that I fear not, but lest you stand still.

We have eyed each other well; now, are we good-looking or not?

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.

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