Chinese Proverbs


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Wealth excites men; children awaken their affections.

Dry fuel rears a blazing fire.

Use the little to get the big.

Virtue never dwells alone; it always has neighbors.

Water surges only to overflow.

Wealth infatuates as well as beauty.

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 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.

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.

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.

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