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602 Chinese Proverbs

The rich man plans for tomorrow, the poor man for today.

The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.

The saving man becomes the free man.

The sheep has no choice when in the jaws of the wolf.

The water that bears the ship is the same that engulfs it.

The way of a slothful man is as a hedge of thorns.

The weasel comes to say "Happy New Year!" to the chickens.

The woman who tells her age is either too young to have anything to lose or too old to have anything to gain.

The Yangtze never runs backwards; man recaptures not his youth.

There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.

There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn.

There are two sides to every question.

There belongs more than whistling to going to plough.

There is no economy in going to bed early to save candles if the result is twins.

Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.

Those who despise money will eventually sponge on their friends.

Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men's clothes.

Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.

Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad.

Though you live near a forest, do not waste firewood.

To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.

To believe in one's dreams is to spend all of one's life asleep.

To forget one's ancestor's is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.

To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.

To go beyond is as bad as to fall short.