Chinese Proverbs


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To have a black heart. (an evil person)

To have friends coming in from afar, how delightful!

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 extract sweetness from what is bitter.

To feed and clothe one?s-self without ever recognizing the trouble our food has cost the ox,----our clothes the weaver.

To fell a tree to catch a blackbird.

To fight the wall after the thieves have gone.

To fill up a well with snow.

To fix up ornamental wild beast?s heads on the roof of a thatched cottage.

To flit and forget to take one?s wife.

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

To drop into water to grasp the foam.

To drop the bricks one is carrying, on one?s own foot.

To dupe one?s self.

To dwell in peace is happiness.

To entice a sheep into a drove of tigers.

To excuse a murderer is abhorrent to reason.

To drag for the reflected moon in the water.

To draw the big net out of a water-butt.

To conduct a blind man over a bridge.

To confounded distinctions.

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