Some of the famous ancient Chinese proverbs /saying/quotes:

Ancient Chinese Proverbs

The swiftest horse can’t overtake a word once spoken*
1.Before telling secrets on the road, look in the bushes

2.A bad word whispered echoes a hundred miles*

3.In a flood of words, surely some mistakes*

4.A sharp tongue or pen can kill without a knife*

5.If the first words fail, ten thousand will then not avail

6.Watching chess games in silence. .a superior person*

7.The judge with seven reasons states only one in court

8.If you want no one to know, don’t do it*

9.If you want your dinner, don’t insult the cook*

10.Honest scales and full measure hurt no one*

11.Divide an orange–it tastes just as good

12.If you always give you will always have

13.Better lean and good than fat and evil

14.To build it took one hundred years; to destroy it one day

15.To know the road ahead, ask those returning*

16.Touch black paint, have black fingers

17.To succeed, consult three old people

18.If you hurry through long days, you will hurry through short years

19.Touch black paint, have black fingers

20.The ripest fruit falls by itself*

21.Simple to open a shop; another thing to keep it open

22.What you don’t see, you don’t desire*

23.Neither fortunes nor flowers last forever*

24.An inch of gold can’t buy an inch of time

25.Don’t waste your hour–the sun sets soon

26.My life–a candle in the wind. . . frost on the leaves*

27.Nurture the plant one year–ten days of flowers

28.Slow work–fine work

29.At birth we bring our nothing; at death, we leave with the same*

30.A king’s riches cannot buy an extra year*

31.Beat the drum inside the house to spare the neighbors

32.Climb the mountains to see lowlands

33.Laws control a lesser person; right conduct controls a greater one*

34.Forget the favors given; remember those received

35.A careful foot can step anywhere*

36.Stare at the profit and step in the pitfall

37.In bed be wife and husband, in the hall each other’s honored guest

38.To stop drinking, study a drunkard while you are sober

39.If Heaven made someone, earth can find some use for them

40.Without sorrows, no one becomes a saint

41.The pine stays green in winter. . . wisdom in hardship

42.Three feet of ice was not frozen in a day*

43.With virtue you can’t be completely poor; without it, you can’t be truly rich*

44.Determination tempers the sword of your character*

45.Stout men, not stout walls, make the stout city

46.To be heard afar, bang your gong on a hilltop

47.Great doubts, deep wisdom. . . small doubts, little wisdom

48.To know others, know yourself first*

49.His virtues exceed his talents–a superior man *

50.When the waters drop, the rocks appear*

51.O eggs, don’t fight with rocks*

52.Easier to rule a nation than a child*

53.To have principles first have courage

54.Blame yourself as you blame others; forgive others as you forgive yourself

55.The wise listen to her mind, the foolish to the mob*

56.A whitewashed crow soon shows black again

57.Watch over workers at their labors, not their meals*

58.Many a good face under a ragged hat

59.Dogs have no prejudice against the poor

60.If Heaven made someone, earth can find some use for them*

61.Tile tossed over the wall. . . who knows where it will fall?*

62.No horse can wear two saddles *

63.While you are bargaining, conceal your coin

64.No guests at home, no hosts abroad

65.”I heard” is good; “I saw” is better

66.We can study until old age. . . and still not finish

67.A good teacher. . . better than a barrowful of books

68.Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself