Chinese Proverbs

Discover Ancient Wisdom in These Chinese Proverbs

Chinese New Year
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Here are some Chinese proverbs that I found insightful. Chinese proverbs did not influence early English literature. But with the standardization and interpretation of the Chinese character set, these proverbs became available to the rest of the world.

  • The soldier who retreated 50 paces jeered at the one who retreated 100 paces.

  • Good luck seldom comes in pairs but bad things never walk alone.

  • Fight poison with poison.

  • Tiger father begets tiger son.

  • Man's schemes are inferior to those made by heaven.

  • If you have money you can make the ghosts and devils turn your grind stone.

  • You want your horse to look good but you also want it not to have to eat grass.

  • There is no wave without wind.

  • You cannot push a cow's head down unless it is drinking water by it's own will.

  • The arrogant army will lose the battle for sure.

  • Tens of thousands of bones will become ashes when one general achieves his fame.

  • If you are in a hurry you will never get there.

  • The crafty rabbit has three different entrances to its lair.

  • Use attack as the tactic of defense.

  • Set yourself as the standard.

  • When you have musk, you will automatically have fragrance.

  • You cannot fight a fire with water from far away.

  • Paper cannot wrap up a fire.

  • Men should worry about fame just as pigs about being fat.

  • Even the most resourceful housewife cannot create miracles from a rice less pantry.