Chinese Proverbs


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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?

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.

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.

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.

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