Chinese Proverbs


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Wealth is but dung; Benevolence and Righteousness are worth thousands of gold.

Unjustly-gotten wealth is but snow sprinkled with hot water; lands improperly obtained are but sandbanks in a stream.

Vain is the sacrifice of an unfilial son.

Virtuous men are a kingdom?s treasure.

We can?t secure on going to bed that we shall get up again.

Wealth serves for heroism; wine for bravery.

Two of a trade hate one another.

Two scholars fighting for a pencil.

Ugly men marry pretty wives. Lit.: Scabbed-heads get flowery boughs.

Ugly wives and stupid maids are priceless treasures.

Try to oblige others, and you will be obliged yourself.

Try to save the dead horse as if it is still alive.

Try you to defraud in customs and revenue; the mandarins soon will try to be having you.

Turning aside and changing the subject.

Two are better than one. Lit.: One man?s plan is short; the plan of two is long.

Two barrels of tears will not heal a bruise.

Two good talkers, not one good listener.

Tortoise-shells, bamboo slips, devils, and deities are not qualified to guarantee victory, nor are the direction of the stars, if right or left, if front or back, qualified to decide the outcome of war.

Traders are like priests.

Trading with petty hucksters, don?t banter them down too much.

Transgressions should never be forgiven a third time.

Treat a prodigy as though it were none, and it will die out of itself.

Treat men from all parts well, and wherever you go you will be well treated. Lit.: Make sure of a clear moon in all the five lakes, and you will not suffer the lack of an angling place.

True gold fears no fire.

Truth must always be true, and falsehood false.

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