To raise an army when the war is over, and regret one?s lateness.
To rear a tortoise shut up in a jar.
To pine one?s belly, to spare one?s face.
To point a stag out as a horse.
To pay into what?s said the deaf are too prone; the dumb cannot bear to let talking alone.
To persecute the unfortunate is like throwing stones on one fallen into a well.
To persuade gentlemen not to gamble, is to win for them.
To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art.
To open one?s door and bow in a thief.
To overlade a rickety ship.
To pare off flesh in one place to mend a sore in another.
To meet an old friend in a distant country is like the delight of rain after a long drought.
To murder by means of another?s sword.
To murder without a sword.
To neglect to save life is one of the greatest of crimes.
To negotiate with a tiger for its skin.
To offer a bullock at one?s parent?s grave, is not equal to presenting them while living with fowls or sucking-pigs.
To offer the Filial Classic for sale at the door of Confucius.
To one full of expectation a moment seems a year.
To make a family prosper is like digging with needles in clay.
To make a man of yourself you must toil; if you don?t you won?t.
To make a pickaxe in a silversmith?s shop.
To make gold locks, in a blacksmith?s shop.
To look for bones in an egg.
To lose the great for the small.