Proverbs

88 Best Chinese Proverbs and Sayings (WISDOM)

Top 12 Most Famous Chinese Proverbs in English (BEST)

Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.Pin
Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.Pin
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.Pin
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life.Pin
A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.Pin
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.
Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.Pin
Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.Pin
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.Pin
A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.
The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.Pin
The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things.Pin
A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things.
A wise man makes his own decisions, but an ignorant man mindlessly follows the crowd.Pin
A wise man makes his own decisions, but an ignorant man mindlessly follows the crowd.
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills.Pin
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills.

14 Wise Chinese Proverbs in English That Will Change Your Life (WISDOM)

One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.Pin
One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.
A little impatience will spoil great plans.Pin
A little impatience will spoil great plans.
He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.Pin
He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.Pin
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.Pin
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.Pin
When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.
Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think. Pin
Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think. 
Dig the well before you are thirsty.Pin
Dig the well before you are thirsty.
A smile will gain you ten more years of life.Pin
A smile will gain you ten more years of life.
I was angered, for I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.Pin
I was angered, for I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.
He who cheats the earth will be cheated by the earth.Pin
He who cheats the earth will be cheated by the earth.
Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest.Pin
Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest.
In a group of many words, there is bound to be a mistake somewhere in them.Pin
In a group of many words, there is bound to be a mistake somewhere in them.
Only one who can swallow an insult is a man.Pin
Only one who can swallow an insult is a man.

11 Best Chinese Proverbs on Learning (EDUCATION)

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.Pin
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. Pin
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. 
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.Pin
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.Pin
Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.Pin
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.Pin
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back.Pin
If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back.
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.Pin
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
Learn to walk before you run.Pin
Learn to walk before you run.
Learning is a weightless treasure you can always carry easily.Pin
Learning is a weightless treasure you can always carry easily.
If you want your children to have a peaceful life, let them suffer a little hunger and a little coldness.Pin
If you want your children to have a peaceful life, let them suffer a little hunger and a little coldness.

18 Inspirational Chinese Proverbs About Life

Happiness is the best cosmetic.Pin
Happiness is the best cosmetic.
If you bow at all, bow low.Pin
If you bow at all, bow low.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.Pin
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
A good name is better than a good face.Pin
A good name is better than a good face.
All things change, and we change with them.Pin
All things change, and we change with them.
To know another is not to know the person's face, but to know the person's heart.Pin
To know another is not to know the person’s face, but to know the person’s heart.
Solve one problem, and you keep a hundred others away.Pin
Solve one problem, and you keep a hundred others away.
Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.Pin
Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.
It is easy to find a thousand soldiers, but hard to find a good general.Pin
It is easy to find a thousand soldiers, but hard to find a good general.
Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to true conversation.Pin
Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to true conversation.
Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.Pin
Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.
One who stands straight doesn't fear a crooked shadow.Pin
One who stands straight doesn’t fear a crooked shadow.
If you don't do stupid things you won't end up in tragedy.Pin
If you don’t do stupid things you won’t end up in tragedy.
An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.Pin
An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.
If people are of one heart, even losses can become gold.Pin
If people are of one heart, even losses can become gold.
One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.Pin
One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.
No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun.Pin
No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun.
Do not want others to know what you have done? Better not have done it anyways.Pin
Do not want others to know what you have done? Better not have done it anyways.

14 Funny Chinese Proverbs That Make Absolute Sense

Talk does not cook rice.Pin
Talk does not cook rice.
Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.Pin
Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.
Better the cottage where one is merry than the palace where one weeps.Pin
Better the cottage where one is merry than the palace where one weeps.
A hundred no's are less agonizing than one insincere yes.Pin
A hundred no’s are less agonizing than one insincere yes.
The more acquaintances you have, the less you know them.Pin
The more acquaintances you have, the less you know them.
Before preparing to improve the world, first look around your own home three times.Pin
Before preparing to improve the world, first look around your own home three times.
Two good talkers are not worth one good listener.Pin
Two good talkers are not worth one good listener.
Disaster comes from careless talk.Pin
Disaster comes from careless talk.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.Pin
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.Pin
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
A clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.Pin
A clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.Pin
There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.
Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech.Pin
Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech.
A clever person turns great troubles into little ones, and little ones into none at all.Pin
A clever person turns great troubles into little ones, and little ones into none at all.

12 Chinese Proverbs About Business and Entrepreneurship

It's better to walk thousands of miles than to read thousands of books.Pin
It’s better to walk thousands of miles than to read thousands of books.
A man without a smiling face must not open shop.Pin
A man without a smiling face must not open shop.
It is easy to open a store - the hard part is keeping it open.Pin
It is easy to open a store – the hard part is keeping it open.
Ripe fruit falls by itself - but it doesn't fall in your mouth.Pin
Ripe fruit falls by itself – but it doesn’t fall in your mouth.
The person who is his own master cannot tolerate another boss.Pin
The person who is his own master cannot tolerate another boss.
It is not the knowing that is difficult, but the doing.Pin
It is not the knowing that is difficult, but the doing.
If you want to avoid being cheated, ask for prices at three different stores.Pin
If you want to avoid being cheated, ask for prices at three different stores.
Guessing is cheap, but guessing wrong can be expensive.Pin
Guessing is cheap, but guessing wrong can be expensive.
A bad beginning makes a bad ending.Pin
A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
If small holes aren't fixed, then big holes will bring hardship.Pin
If small holes aren’t fixed, then big holes will bring hardship.
Timely return of a loan makes it easier to borrow a second time.Pin
Timely return of a loan makes it easier to borrow a second time.
A bird in the hand is worth than two in the bush.Pin
A bird in the hand is worth than two in the bush.

7 Chinese Proverbs on Books and Reading

A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.Pin
A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.Pin
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
A book holds a house of gold.Pin
A book holds a house of gold.
You can’t tell a book by looking at its cover.Pin
You can’t tell a book by looking at its cover.
A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.Pin
A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.
After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.Pin
After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.
It's better to be without a book than to believe a book entirely.Pin
It’s better to be without a book than to believe a book entirely.
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