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602 Chinese Proverbs

Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.

Never try to catch two frogs with one hand.

Never write a letter while you are angry.

No matter how stout one beam, it cannot support a house.

No matter how tall the mountain, it cannot block out the sun.

No medicines can cure the vulgar man.

No melon-peddler cries: Bitter melons! No wine-dealer says: Sour wine!

No mill, no meal.

No wind, no waves.

No wisdom like silence.

No wisdom to silence.

Not wine . . . men intoxicate themselves; not vice . . . men entice themselves.

O eggs, never fight with stones!

O man, you who do not live a hundred years, why fret a thousand minutes?

Of a dead leopard we keep the skin, of man his reputation.

Of a good beginning cometh a good end.

Of all meat in the world drink goes down the best.

Of all the thirty-six alternatives, running away is the best.

Often one finds one's destiny just where one hides to avoid it.

On entering a country, ask what is forbidden, on entering a village, ask what are the customs, on entering a private house, ask what should not be mentioned.

Once bitten by a snake, he is scared all his life at the mere sight of a rope.

Once on a tiger's back it is hard to alight.

One can care little for man, but we need a friend.

One cannot manage too many affairs; like pumpkins in water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other.

One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.