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Chinese Proverbs, Sayings, and Quotes about Love and Life

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

To believe in one’s dreams is to spend all of one’s life asleep.
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.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
If your strength is small, don’t carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don’t give advice.
He who hurries can not walk with dignity.
Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.
If you always give, you will always have.
Talk doesn’t cook rice.
Talk doesn’t cook rice.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
A closed mind is like a closed book, just a block of wood.
Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.
If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect.


Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed rather at not being understanding.
If you don’t want anyone to know it, don’t do it
He who depends on himself will attain the greatest happiness.

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

One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade
To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish.
Outside noisy, inside empty
Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.
To forget one’s ancestor’s is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.
Opportunity knocks at the door only once.
Time is money, and it is difficult for one to use money to get time.
A good book is a good friend.
A straight foot is not afraid of a crooked shoe.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
Coming events cast their shadows before them.
Love at first sight. It’s generally used for people, but you can also use it for other physical objects.
A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
“After you” is good manners.
Love is not about possession, it’s all about appreciation.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.


Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
With true friends… even water drunk together is sweet enough.

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.
If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a month — get married. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.

A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
A nation’s treasure is in its scholars.
A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.
A fool judges people by the presents they give him.
A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.
A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
A book holds a house of gold.

A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

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


Do not anxiously hope for what is not yet to come; do not vainly regret what is already past.
True love never grows old.
Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time.
If you know what you know and know what you don’t know-that is true wisdom.
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the really great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.
Man fools himself. He prays for a long life, and he fears an old age.
Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.
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.
A single kind word keeps one warm for three winters.
Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk.

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