Chinese Proverbs


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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.

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.

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 is a word of courage, but can is a word of power.

To wear a summer hat when worshipping at the new year---very hot!

To wear fur coats in summer.

To-day secures not to-morrow?s affairs.

Too busy for pleasure.

Too enjoy the favor of Heaven.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Torn clothes may be mended; but a hand or foot cannot be stuck on again.

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