Chinese Proverbs

Be inspired by this collection of Chinese Proverbs. These sayings are short but memorable proverbs and sayings that have stood the test of time.


To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
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A little impatience will spoil great plans. Chinese Proverb
A little impatience will spoil great plans.
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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
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If you bow at all, bow low.
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A smile will gain you ten more years of life.
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A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
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A book holds a house of gold. Chinese Proverb
A book holds a house of gold.
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Talk does not cook rice.
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Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.
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Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
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Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest.
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A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.
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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one. Chinese Proverb
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.
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He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
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An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.
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A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood
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Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Chinese Proverb
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
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A needle is not sharp at both ends.
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Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.
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Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.
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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
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In a group of many words, there is bound to be a mistake somewhere in them.
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Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently. Chinese Proverb
Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently.
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Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.
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Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to true conversation.
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Two good talkers are not worth one good listener.
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A hundred no's are less agonizing than one insincere yes.
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He who cheats the earth will be cheated by the earth.
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Only one who can swallow an insult is a man. Chinese Proverb
Only one who can swallow an insult is a man.
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One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.
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Better the cottage where one is merry than the palace where one weeps.
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Distant water does not put out a nearby fire.
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The more acquaintances you have, the less you know them.
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He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.
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All things change, and we change with them. Chinese Proverb
All things change, and we change with them.
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There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.
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