The value of Chinese proverbs has increased

The value of Chinese proverbs has increased with the passing of the ages because they ring as true today as they were thousands of years ago.



•        Cowards have dreams, brave men have visions


•        A single tree cannot make a forest


•        A single spark can set a prairie on fire.


•        Wisdom is attained by learning when to hold one's tongue.


•        Dangerous enemies will meet again in narrow streets.


•        Water can both sustain and sink a ship.


•        Count not what is lost, but what is left.


•        If there is a strong general there will be no weak soldiers.


•        To extend your life by a year take one less bite each meal.


•        Peace only comes when reason rules.


•        Even the tallest tower started form the ground.


•        Eloquence provides only persuasion, but truth buys loyalty.


•        First attain skill; creativity comes later.


•        If one eats less one will taste more.


•        One sings, all follow.


•        One hand alone cannot clap, it takes two to quarrel.


•        One who would pick the roses must bear with thorns


•        Failure is the mother of success.


•        Do not climb a tree to look for a fish


•        Only time and effort brings proficiency


•        It does not matter if the cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.


•        Learning is like the horizon; there is no limit.


•        The old horse will know the way


•        A good friend shields you from the storm


•        Do not wait until you're thirsty to dig a well


•        Distance tests the endurance of a horse; time reveals a man's character.


•        Change the skin, wash the heart


•        Make the cap fit the head.


•        A single beam cannot support a great house.


•        Do not be concerned with things outside your door.


•        Wise men may not be learned; learned men may not be wise.


•        Crows are black the world over.


•        Do not lift a rock only to drop it on your own foot


•        Kill the chicken to frighten the monkey


•        Fortune has a fickle heart and a short memory.


•        Harsh words and poor reasoning never settle anything.


•        Better to bend in the wind than to break.


•        Do not kill the hen for her eggs.


•        Wait long, strike fast.


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