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 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 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 pour oil on the flames.

To present one?s head to a shower of stones.

To pretend to be very clever and show one?s self to be a fool.

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.

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