100 Famous Chinese Proverbs & Sayings

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Chinese Quotes
Chinese Quotes

Below is a collection of carefully worded famous Chinese proverbs and sayings that would be of an inspiration to you. These quotes and sayings are to help you improve your life and give you the kick to accomplish anything or task set before you. In addition, these quotes give you close up understanding of the Chinese people attitudes toward life, and their deep values.

Chinese Friendship Sayings

Abraham Lincoln once said, “The better part of one’s life consists of his friendship.” This is an indication of how important friends are to individual. Friends play a pivotal role in our lives such as supporting one in time of need, love one another and care.

1. A friend is easier lost than found

2. A faithful friend is hard to find

3. A friend without faults will never be found

4. Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them

5. A joke never gains an enemy but loses a friend

6. Friendship multiplies joys and divides sorrow

7. A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds

8. A good friend is the nearest relation

9. The friendship of a gentleman is insipid as water

10. A hedge between keeps friendship green

11. It is much easier to earn a lot of money than to find a bosom friend

12. Friendship is like wine-the older the better

13. The world is but a little place, after all

14. A life without a friend is a life without sun

15. Good friends settle their accounts speedily

16. At home one relies on parents; away from home one relies on friends

17. A good book is a good friend

18. With clothes the new are best; with friends the old are best

19. To have friends coming in from afar, how delightful

20. A friend in need is a friend indeed

Chinese Friendship Sayings
Chinese Friendship Sayings

Chinese Confucius Proverbs

21. When you make a mistake, do not stop yourself correcting it

22. Silence is a true friend who never betrays

23. Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand

24. When you conceive an idea on how to improve your business, write it down

25. Patience is a virtue

26. Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it

27. You can successfully force people to follow a certain course, but you cannot force them to understand

28. A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study

29. He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good

30. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life

31. If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

32. To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness

33. It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get

34. To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice

35. The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth

36. The superior person is perceptive and not biased. The lesser person is biased and not perceptive

37. Feel kindly toward everyone, but be intimate only with the virtuous

38. Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up

39. I won’t be concerned with other people not knowing me; I will be concerned with my lack of ability

40. The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home

Chinese Confucius Proverbs
Chinese Confucius Proverbs

Chinese Proverb on Love

Love is a representation of human kindness, compassion, as well as affection to one another. Think of it as a strong emotional connection to someone or self

41. You can’t tell the cost of food and fuel without being the head of a household; you can’t appreciate the love of your parents without having children of your own

42. A life with love is happy; a life for love is foolish

43. Lovers’ hearts are linked together and always beat as one

44. Better a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith

45. In lovers’ eyes beauty is produced

46. A coincidence destined by heaven

47. Love is blind, and greed insatiable

48. Love has its tides; before ebb tide you must take advantage of the flood

49. Love my house, love the crow on it

50. An old man in love is like a flower in winter

51. Do not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchet

52. We have the destiny to meet across a thousand miles

53. Love and attention make all things grow

54. A flower cannot blossom without sunshine nor a garden without love

55. A life with love is happy; a life for love is foolish

56. Love itself is calm; turbulence arrives from individuals

57. Love for a person must extend to the crows on his roof

58. Happiness is something to do, something to love, something to hope for

59. Love is an eye that doesn’t see anything

60. Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses

Chinese Proverb on Love
Chinese Proverb on Love

Chinese Proverbs on Marriage/Family

A collection of famous Chinese quotes on marriage and family

61. Children are eye sores; marriage is like an encounter on a ferry

62. A good wife and health are a man’s best wealth

63. Husband and wife are like birds in the woods, when trouble comes, they flee separately

64. Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine. Pleasure for one year a marriage; but pleasure for a lifetime, a garden

65. True gold fears no fire

66. A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold

67. To have beautiful servant girls is a threat to good marriages

68. A good husband makes a good wife

69. The parental love for children is lengthy like the stream, but the children only think of the parents like the wind on the edge of a tree

70. A family in harmony will prosper in everything

71. No one knows a son better than the father

72. With a good wife, the husband won’t get in trouble; a bad wife is worse than a dog

73. Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking

74. Each family has its own difficult scripture

75. At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons

76. Hold your hand and be together with you until we’re old

77. Brothers are like arms and legs; husband and wife are like clothing

78. It is okay to teach someone how to discipline a child, but don’t teach how to divorce one’s wife

79. Wife virtuous, son filial, father lenient

80. A single member of a family eats; the whole family will not be hungry

Chinese Proverbs on Marriage/Family
Chinese Proverbs on Marriage/Family

Wise Chinese Proverbs

Some Chinese words of wisdom and old sayings to get you thinking

81. He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight

82. Clothing is cherishable when new, but relationship when old

83. Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness

84. Opportunity knocks at the door only once

85. A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things

86. If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back

87. One meal won’t make a fat man

88. Talk does not cook rice

89. A little impatience will spoil great plans

90. Do not choose the one you don’t trust and trust the one you chose

Chinese Proverbs about Life and Patience
Chinese Proverbs about Life and Patience

Chinese Proverbs about Life and Patience

91. Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes

92. If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people

93. He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever

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

95. If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time

96. If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow

97. If your strength is small, don’t carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don’t give advice

98. A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion

99. Man’s schemes are inferior to those made by heaven

100. A moment of patience can prevent a great disaster and a moment of impatience can ruin a whole life

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