40 Famous Chinese Proverbs & Sayings

40 Famous Chinese Proverbs and Sayings.

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Mind Blowing Chinese Proverbs

“All crows in the world are black.”
Meaning – A natural interpretation: Some rules, like those natural forces of the Universe, are unbendable, regardless how much you may want it to change.
Note : A stereotypical interpretation: something or someone (bad) is no different from all the others.

“Over a long distance, you learn about the strength of your horse; over a long period of time, you get to know what’s in a person’s heart.”
Meaning – Character can be revealed by time.
Note : Usage: This can be used positively to praise a true friend, or negatively to criticize friends who could not stand a test.

“Barber one side hot (old time, one side hot water…)”
Meaning – If only one partner is willing while the other isn’t, it will not work.

“To hit a dog with a meat-bun.”
Meaning – Don’t use the wrong method to approach a problem.
Note : Compare: You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

“You must persevere to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks.”
Meaning – Everything can be done with enough perseverance.
Note : Compare: Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

“Try to save the dead horse as if it is still alive.”
Meaning – Do the impossible, for it may truly be possible.

“See the wind, turn the rudder.”
Meaning – Has no self – personality so they follow the most powerful one.

“Enthusiastic, but unable to.”
Meaning – The person wants to do it, but is unable to.
Note : Compare: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

“Thirty years the east bank, thirty years the west bank.”
Meaning – One’s luck and one’s destiny will change over time.

“Luck will change in 10 years.”
Meaning – Luck will turn around every ten years.

Famous Chinese Proverbs

“If you’re poor, change and you’ll succeed.”
Meaning – When out of means, seek change. Then opportunities will come.

“One mouse dropping ruins the whole pot of rice porridge.”
Meaning – One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.

“Careful with others is a must have.”
Meaning – Be cautious of people that may hurt you intentionally.

“Do not harbour intentions to hurt others.”

“Beat the bell one day as long as you are still a monk one day.”
Meaning – Do your duties as long as you are still in the role.




“Those who help themselves, God will help.”
Meaning – God will help those who help themselves.

“One doesn’t do, then the two don’t rest.”
Meaning – If you start something, you have to finish it no matter what.

“Left and right can always cross the river source.”
Meaning – A resourceful man knows to avoid a disadvantageous situation.

Love to but can’t help.”
Meaning – Willing to help but unable to do so.

“Don’t do bad deeds, don’t afraid of ghosts knocking.”
Meaning – A clear conscience is a good pillow.

“Break the cauldrons, sink the boats.”
Meaning – Fight to the last stand.

“The Changjiang River waves behind drive the waves ahead.”
Meaning – Each new generation excels the last one.

“Behind every able man, there are always other able men.”
Meaning – Behind every able man, there are always other able men.

“Father’s debt, son to give back.”
Meaning – Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.

“Teach a man to take a fish is not equal to teach a man how to fish.”
Meaning – Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Amazing  Chinese Proverbs

“I’m heaven born, my ability certainly useful.”
Meaning – If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.

“The absence of proof is not the proof of absence.”
Meaning – Just because there is no proof of something, this does not mean that it does not exist.
Note : It is quoted in Michael Crichton’s Book,The Lost World.

“The mountains are high and the emperor is far away.”
Meaning – The people is out of government/origination’s control, because the people are too far away.
Note : Used as in carefree (lawless)

“Good things much polishment.”
Meaning – Good things take time.

“Joke about the present by referring to the past.”
Meaning – The past may be better than the present.

“I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.”
Meaning – You can only understand something by trying it yourself.
Note : Originally by Xun Zi.

“Grow a tree for ten years; grow men for a hundred.”
Meaning – Nurturing and educating human talent is the key to prosperity.

“If one does not plow, there will be no harvest.”
Meaning – No pain, no gain.

“If you say too much, you have to have made an error.”
Meaning – He who talks too much errors often.

Great Chinese Proverbs

“Reading ten thousands of books is not as useful as travelling ten thousand miles.”
Meaning – Practical experience is more useful than theory.

“Things of today, accomplished today.”
Meaning – Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be finished today.

“A tiger father has no canine sons.”
Meaning – People who are closely related are similar.
Note : A chip off the old block.

“Man’s schemes are inferior to those made by heaven.”
Meaning – Man proposes and God disposes.
Note : Compare: The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry.

“If you have money you can make the devil push your grind stone.”
Meaning – Money is power.
Note : Money makes the world go round.

“Like the Eight Immortals crossing the sea, each one displaying his/her special feats.”
Meaning – Everyone has his/her own powers.
Note : In terms of talents

“Riding a mule while looking for a horse.”
Meaning – Settle for what you have while looking for something better.
Note : Usually for job hunting.

“Three monks have no water to drink.”




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