Chinese Proverbs

  • A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.
  • I was angered, for I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.
  • He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
  • Blessings do not come in pairs;misfortunes never come singly.
  • Give a man a fish, and you feed him a day. Teach a man to fish,and you feed him for a lifetime.
  • It is not the knowing that is difficult, but the doing.
  • A bad word whispered will echo a hundred miles.
  • The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher.
  • The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
  • “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
  • “To forget one’s ancestor’s is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root”
  • “Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come”
  • “Outside noisy, inside empty”
  • “To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish”
  • “If you don’t want anyone to know it, don’t do it”
  • “A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.”
  • “Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed rather at not being understanding”

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