Chinese Proverbs

-Patience is power. With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes silk.

-If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.

-Talk doesn’t grow rice.

-The marketplace is a battlefield.

-The duck’s legs are short but if we try to lengthen them, the duck will feel pain. A crane’s legs are long, but if we try to cut off a portion of them, the crane will feel grief. We are not to amputate what is by nature long, or to lengthen what is by nature short.

-If by nature a man is a strong man, he will carry a very heavy burden without feeling the weight. If one is by nature a skillful man, he can manage all sorts of affairs without feeling busy.

-A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.

-Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

-If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow.

-If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

-Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.

-One joy scatters a hundred griefs.

-The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.

-A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

-The one who understands does not speak; the one who speaks does not understand.

-A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.

-He who is drowned is not troubled by the rain.

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

-Do not employ handsome servants.
Chinese Proverbs