Chinese Proverbs


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

To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.

To go beyond is as bad as to fall short.

To grasp at gain regardless of suffering inflicted on others. Lit.: To gouge out another?s eye fearless of blinding him.

To grow rich by one?s own sole endeavors.

To guess a superior man?s mind by a mean man?s heart.

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