75 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. They are sayings that have been passed down and usually got there origins from famous Chinese writers and philosophers.

Many of the proverbs contain wisdom and advice for life challenges. Some you may have to think about - as the wit and wisdom in them are thought-provoking. Be encouraged by these pearls of wisdom.


    A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.
Chinese Proverb
  1. A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.
    Chinese Proverb



  2. It's better to be without a book than to believe a book entirely.
    Chinese Proverb



  3. A little impatience will spoil great plans. Chinese Proverb
  4. A little impatience will spoil great plans.
    Chinese Proverb



  5. If you bow at all, bow low.
    Chinese Proverb



  6. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Chinese Proverb
  7. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
    Chinese Proverb



  8. A smile will gain you ten more years of life.
    Chinese Proverb



  9. A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
    Chinese Proverb



  10. A book holds a house of gold. Chinese Proverb
  11. A book holds a house of gold.
    Chinese Proverb



  12. Talk does not cook rice.
    Chinese Proverb



  13. A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things.
    Chinese Proverb



  14. Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.
    Chinese Proverb



  15. Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
    Chinese Proverb



  16. Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest.
    Chinese Proverb



  17. A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.
    Chinese Proverb



  18. Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one. Chinese Proverb
  19. Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.
    Chinese Proverb



  20. He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
    Chinese Proverb



  21. An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.
    Chinese Proverb



  22. A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood
    Chinese Proverb



  23. Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Chinese Proverb
  24. Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
    Chinese Proverb



  25. A needle is not sharp at both ends.
    Chinese Proverb



  26. Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.
    Chinese Proverb



  27. Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.
    Chinese Proverb



  28. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
    Chinese Proverb



  29. In a group of many words, there is bound to be a mistake somewhere in them.
    Chinese Proverb



  30. Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently. Chinese Proverb
  31. Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently.
    Chinese Proverb



  32. Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.
    Chinese Proverb



  33. Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to true conversation.
    Chinese Proverb



  34. Two good talkers are not worth one good listener.
    Chinese Proverb



  35. A hundred no's are less agonizing than one insincere yes.
    Chinese Proverb



  36. He who cheats the earth will be cheated by the earth.
    Chinese Proverb



  37. Only one who can swallow an insult is a man. Chinese Proverb
  38. Only one who can swallow an insult is a man.
    Chinese Proverb



  39. One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.
    Chinese Proverb



  40. Better the cottage where one is merry than the palace where one weeps.
    Chinese Proverb



  41. Distant water does not put out a nearby fire.
    Chinese Proverb



  42. The more acquaintances you have, the less you know them.
    Chinese Proverb



  43. He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.
    Chinese Proverb



  44. All things change, and we change with them. Chinese Proverb
  45. All things change, and we change with them.
    Chinese Proverb



  46. If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back.
    Chinese Proverb



  47. Genius can be recognized by its childish simplicity.
    Chinese Proverb



  48. There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.
    Chinese Proverb


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