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602 Chinese Proverbs

Where a chest lieth open, a righteous man may sin.

Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things.

Who rides a tiger cannot dismount.

Who teaches me for a day is my father for a lifetime.

With money one may command devils; without it, one cannot even summon a man.

With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.

Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook.

Yellow gold is plentiful compared to white-haired friends.

You burn incense before the god, and then topple him.

You buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones.

You can hardly make a friend in a year, but you can easily offend one in an hour.

You can't catch a cub without going into the tiger's den.

You can't clap with one hand only.

You can't expect both ends of a sugar cane to be as sweet.

You can't fare well, but you must cry roast meat.

You can't fill your belly painting pictures of bread.

You cannot draw white cloth from a dying vat.

You cannot hook trout? Try digging clams.

You cannot lose what you never had.

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.

You must have crossed the river before you may tell the crocodile he has bad breath.

You must scale the mountains if you would view the plain.

You think you've lost your horse? Who knows, he may bring a whole herd back to you someday.

You want no one to know it? Then don't do it.