Chinese Proverbs


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To stint one?s-self and treat others generously.

To stir sesamum seeds and beans together.

To shoot tow arrows at once.

To show mercy is reckoned man?s duty; to win is reckoned man?s ingenuity.

To show off by making with another?s property. Lit.: To seize another?s cap and throw it on the stage.

To slight. Lit.: To throw into a tub of cold water.

To spare a swelling till it becomes ulcerous.

To shoot a sparrow with a large cannon.

To retain some feeling in writing an indictment.

To return hate for kindness.

To return one?s friendship with enmity.

To rise high, conceal ambition.

To row with the stream in doing a favor.

To sail any way with wind and tide.

To save one man?s life is better than to build a seven storied pagoda.

To say you have done good is not goodness; but to do good is.

To scratch one?s calf through top boots.

To seek the ass you are riding on.

To promise much and give little.

To prophesy is extremely difficult - especially with regard to the future.

To raise an army when the war is over, and regret one?s lateness.

To rear a tortoise shut up in a jar.

To recite the breviary carelessly.

To reprove one for another?s warning. Lit.: To beat the grass to frighten the snake.

To pour oil on the flames.

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