Chinese Proverbs


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To leave economy for extravagance is easy; to leave extravagance for economy difficult.

To lend without prospect of repayment is to throw a fleshy bone at a dog.

To light a fire in a hot stove.

To light one?s lantern for another man.

To light up a pagoda from top to base, Is unequal to lighting up a dark place.

To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation.

To know and know that you know, not to know and know that you don't know, that is to know.

To know another is not to know that person?s face, but to know that person?s heart.

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back

To lacerate one?s skull in order to deceive.

To leave anything unfinished.

To his books a teacher must ever adhere: his pigs, a poor man must continue to rear.

To hold as virtues in one?s self what we consider to be vices in others.

To injure by means of some great person.

To injure men is misery; to pity men is happiness.

To injure others you must injure yourself.

To injure secretly.

To judge man from his face is as hard a feat, as it would be the ocean in pecks to mete.

To kill two birds with one stone.

To have iron made lips, and feet of bean curd made, Is such a calamity as no one can evade.

To hide the head and leave the rump exposed.

To his books a teacher must ever adhere.

To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.

To get a gift,----make a proper return,----and still feel dissatisfied.

To get on without capital is like picking up a grain and opening a mill.

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