Chinese Proverbs


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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.

To violate the law is the same crime in the emperor as in the subject.

To try importunately to flatter. Lit.: His flattery fails, so he adds more salt and pours on more vinegar.

To try to stand on two boats at once.

To understand your parents' love bear your own children.

To understand your parents' love you must raise children yourself.

To the drunken man heaven and earth are great; to the man of leisure days and months are long.

To the man submit, at whose board you sit.

To throw stones on a man in a well.

To throw the blame of one?s faults on others.

To trust one's own righteousness, is like seeking shelter under one's own shadow. - We may stoop to the ground, and the lower we bend, the shadow is beneath us still. - But if we flee to the shadow of a great rock, or a wide-spreading tree, then we find shelter from the noon-day sun.

To the contented even poverty and obscurity bring happiness; to the discontented even riches and honors bring misery.

To sweep clean at a stroke.

To take no medicine is as good as a middling doctor.

To talk goodness is not good... only to do it is.

To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish.

To the contended even poverty brings happiness; to the discontented even riches bring misery.

To stir sesamum seeds and beans together.

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