20 Wise Chinese Proverbs, Sayings and Quotes

Chinese Proverb

1 – A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

2 – A book holds a house of gold.

3 – A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

4 – A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.

5 – A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.

6 – A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.

7 – A gem will be polished without carving and polishing, nor a man perfected without trials.

8 – Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

9 – Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubt, little wisdom.

10 – When you drink the water, remember the spring.

11 – A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds.

12 – If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.

13 – Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

14 – Dig the well before you are thirsty.

15 – Each generation will reap when the former generation has sown. To enjoy the benefits of the hard work of one’s predecessors.

16 – Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.

17 – If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it.

18 – Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

19 – Studying is like rowing upstream : no advance is to drop back.

20 – If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

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