- A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.
- Better to be a diamond with flaws than a pebble without imperfections.
- Be not afraid to move slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
- A gem will not be perfect without carving and polishing, nor a man perfected without trials.
- Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.
- When you drink water, remember the spring.
- If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.
- Dig the well before you are thirsty.
- If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it.
- Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself.
- A bird does not sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.
- A book holds a house of gold.
- A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.
- 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 the minds.
- Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.
- A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
- One generation plants trees, the next enjoys the cool shade.
- Studying is like rowing a boat upstream; if you don’t move forward, you move backward.
- Be patient in one moment of anger, to save yourself hundred days of sorrow.
The image is of one of the best Chinese New Year cards I received this year, from none other than the most creative Stepworks team; click to see the beautiful animated version.
Wishing you a happy Year of the Monkey!
One thought on “20 Chinese quotes that pack 4,000 years of wisdom”
Always the insightful one. I enjoyed this read. Happy lunar new year to you too.