Ancient Chinese Proverbs
# The swiftest horse can’t overtake a word once spoken*
# Before telling secrets on the road, look in the bushes
# A bad word whispered echoes a hundred miles*

# In a flood of words, surely some mistakes*
# A sharp tongue or pen can kill without a knife*
# If the first words fail, ten thousand will then not avail
# Watching chess games in silence. . .a superior person*
# The judge with seven reasons states only one in court
# If you want no one to know, don’t do it*
# If you want your dinner, don’t insult the cook*
# Honest scales and full measure hurt no one*
# Divide an orange–it tastes just as good
# If you always give you will always have
# Better lean and good than fat and evil
# To build it took one hundred years; to destroy it one day
# To know the road ahead, ask those returning*
# Touch black paint, have black fingers
# To succeed, consult three old people
# If you hurry through long days, you will hurry through short years
# Touch black paint, have black fingers
# The ripest fruit falls by itself*
# Simple to open a shop; another thing to keep it open
# What you don’t see, you don’t desire*
# Neither fortunes nor flowers last forever*
# An inch of gold can’t buy an inch of time
# Don’t waste your hour–the sun sets soon
# My life–a candle in the wind. . . frost on the leaves*
# Nurture the plant one year–ten days of flowers
# Slow work–fine work
# At birth we bring our nothing; at death we leave with the same*
# A king’s riches cannot buy an extra year*
# Beat the drum inside the house to spare the neighbors
# Climb the mountains to see lowlands
# Laws control a lesser person; right conduct controls a greater one*
# Forget the favors given; remember those received
# A careful foot can step anywhere*
# Stare at the profit and step in the pitfall
# In bed be wife and husband, in the hall each other’s honored guest
# To stop drinking, study a drunkard while you are sober
# If Heaven made someone, earth can find some use for them
# Without sorrows no one becomes a saint
# The pine stays green in winter. . . wisdom in hardship
# Three feet of ice were not frozen in a day*
# With virtue you can’t be completely poor; without it you can’t be truly rich*
# Determination tempers the sword of your character*
# Stout men, not stout walls, make the stout city
# To be heard afar, bang your gong on a hilltop
# Great doubts, deep wisdom. . . small doubts, little wisdom
# To know others, know yourself first*
# His virtues exceed his talents–a superior man *
# When the waters drop, the rocks appear*
# O eggs, don’t fight with rocks*
# Easier to rule a nation than a child*
# To have principles first have courage
# Blame yourself as you blame others; forgive others as you forgive yourself
# The wise listens to her mind, the foolish to the mob*
# A whitewashed crow soon shows black again
# Watch over workers at their labors, not their meals*
# Many a good face under a ragged hat
# Dogs have no prejudice against the poor
# If Heaven made someone, earth can find some use for them*
# Tile tossed over the wall. . . who knows where it will fall?*
# No horse can wear two saddles *
# While you are bargaining, conceal your coin
# No guests at home, no hosts abroad
# “I heard” is good; “I saw” is better
# We can study until old age. . . and still not finish
# A good teacher. . . better than a barrowful of books
# Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself