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602 Chinese Proverbs

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

To listen well is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well and is as essential to all true conversation.

To meet an old friend in a distant country is like the delight of rain after a long drought.

To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art.

To persecute the unfortunate is like throwing stones on one fallen into a well.

To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish.

To understand your parents' love bear your own children.

To violate the law is the same crime in the emperor as in the subject.

Transgressions should never be forgiven a third time.

Two barrels of tears will not heal a bruise.

Two good talkers are not worth one good listener.

Unplowed fields make hollow bellies; unread books make hollow minds.

Use power to curb power.

Vicious as a tigress can be, she never eats her own cubs.

Victory has hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.

Virtue becomes a wife; beauty becomes a concubine.

Virtue is not left to stand alone.

Virtue never dwells alone, it always has neighbors.

Virtue practiced to be seen is not real virtue; vice which fears to be seen is real vice.

Virtue: climbing a hill; vice: running down.

Virtuous for ten years is still not enough; evil for one day is too much already.

Wait long, strike fast.

Waiting for a rabbit to hit upon a tree and be killed in order to catch it.

Want a thing long enough, and you don't.

Water and words are easy to pour but impossible to recover.