The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part 4

The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part 4

The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part 4
First of all, let's draw a line between "sayings" (such as 諺語 and 俗話) versus the special class of 4-syllable words in Chinese called “成語”.  Also, 歇後語 are perhaps too vulgar for a discussion of the "greatest sayings".This is a collection of Chinese proverbs (諺語 ) and idioms (成語)。I collected those famous and funny proverbs about life,love,family,work,wisdom,etc. Enjoy!


“Of all the thirty-six alternatives, running away is best. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  三十六计走为上计
Pinyin:  sān shí liù jì zǒu wéi shàng jì


“Once bitten by a snake, he/she is scared all his/her life at the mere sight of a rope.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井绳
Pinyin:  yī cháo bèi shé yǎo ,shí nián pà jǐng shéng


“Once on a tiger's back, it is hard to alight.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  骑虎难下
Pinyin:  qí hǔ nán xià


“One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  因噎废食
Pinyin:  yīn yē fèi shí


“One minute on stage is the result of ten years of practice”— Chinese Proverb
original:  台上一分钟,台下十年功
Pinyin:  tái shàng yī fèn zhōng ,tái xià shí nián gōng


“One monk shoulders water by himself; two can still share the labor among them. When it comes to three, they have to go thirsty.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一个和尚挑水吃,二个和尚抬水吃,三个和尚没水喝
Pinyin:  yī gè hé shàng tiāo shuǐ chī ,èr gè hé shàng tái shuǐ chī ,sān gè hé shàng méi shuǐ hē 


“One radish, one hole. Each has his own task, and nobody is dispensable.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一个萝卜一个坑儿
Pinyin:  yī gè luó bo yī gè kēng ér


“Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  众人拾柴火焰高
Pinyin:  zhòng rén shí chái huǒ yàn gāo


“Opportunity knocks at the door only once.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  机不可失,时不再来
Pinyin:  jī bú kě shī ,shí bú zài lái


“Outside noisy, inside empty.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  心如止水
Pinyin:  xīn rú zhǐ shuǐ


“Paper can't wrap up a fire.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  纸里包不住火
Pinyin:  zhǐ lǐ bāo bú zhù huǒ


“Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  时间加耐心,桑叶变绸穿在身
Pinyin:  shí jiān jiā nài xīn ,sāng yè biàn chóu chuān zài shēn


“People of good sense or expertise need only a hint to understand any matter.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  明人不用细说,响鼓不用重锤
Pinyin:  míng rén bú yòng xì shuō ,xiǎng gǔ bú yòng zhòng chuí


“People should fear getting famous like pigs fear fattening up"”— Chinese Proverb
original:  人怕出名猪怕壮
Pinyin:  rén pà chū míng zhū pà zhuàng


“Pick up a sesame seed but lose sight of a watermelon.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  捡了芝麻,丢了西瓜
Pinyin:  jiǎn le zhī má ,diū le xī guā


“Play a harp before a cow.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  对牛弹琴
Pinyin:  duì niú dàn qín


“Public before private and country before family.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  先公后私,先国度后家庭
Pinyin:  xiān gōng hòu sī ,xiān guó dù hòu jiā tíng


“Quiet thoughts mend the body.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  强龙难压地头蛇
Pinyin:  qiáng lóng nán yā dì tóu shé


“Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  撑起一尺的风帆,你会得到10尺的风力
Pinyin:  chēng qǐ yī chǐ de fēng fān ,nǐ huì dé dào 10chǐ de fēng lì


“Reading ten thousand books is not as useful as travelling ten thousand miles.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  读万卷书不如行万里路
Pinyin:  dú wàn juàn shū bú rú háng wàn lǐ lù


“Respect for ones parents is the highest duty of civil life. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  百事孝为先
Pinyin:  bǎi shì xiào wéi xiān


“Shed no tears until seeing the coffin.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不见棺材不落泪 
Pinyin:  bú jiàn guān cái bú luò lèi


“Small as it is, the sparrow has all the vital organs”— Chinese Proverb
original:  麻雀虽小,五脏俱全
Pinyin:  má què suī xiǎo ,wǔ zāng jù quán


“Some are happy, some have worries. Or one man’s disaster is another man’s delight.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  几家欢喜几家愁
Pinyin:  jǐ jiā huān xǐ jǐ jiā chóu


“Some prefer carrot while others like cabbage.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  萝卜青菜各有所爱
Pinyin:  luó bo qīng cài gè yǒu suǒ ài


“Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  酸甜苦辣须尝尽
Pinyin:  suān tián kǔ là xū cháng jìn


“Sow much, reap much; sow little, reap little. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  播种多,收获多;播种少,收获少
Pinyin:  bō zhǒng duō ,shōu huò duō ;bō zhǒng shǎo ,shōu huò shǎo


“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself. ….”— Chinese Proverb
original:  师傅领进门,修行在个人
Pinyin:  shī fù lǐng jìn mén ,xiū xìng zài gè rén


“The ‘outstanding’ bird will be shot.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  枪打出头鸟
Pinyin:  qiāng dǎ chū tóu niǎo


“The early bird catches the worm.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  早起的鸟儿有虫吃
Pinyin:  zǎo qǐ de niǎo ér yǒu chóng chī


“The friendship of a gentleman is insipid as water.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  君子之交淡如水
Pinyin:  jun1 zǐ zhī jiāo dàn rú shuǐ


“The gem cannot be polished without friction, not a man perfected without trials.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  与天斗,其乐无穷;与地斗,其乐无穷;与人斗,其乐无穷.
Pinyin:  yǔ tiān dòu ,qí lè wú qióng ;yǔ dì dòu ,qí lè wú qióng ;yǔ rén dòu ,qí lè wú qióng


“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  千里之行始于足下
Pinyin:  qiān lǐ zhī háng shǐ yú zú xià


“The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  夜长梦多
Pinyin:  yè zhǎng mèng duō


“The man who comes with a tale about others has himself an ax to grind.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  说别人坏话的人一定是自己图谋不轨
Pinyin:  shuō bié rén huài huà de rén yī dìng shì zì jǐ tú móu bú guǐ


“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  万丈高楼平地起
Pinyin:  wàn zhàng gāo lóu píng dì qǐ


“The one who pursues revenge should dig two graves.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  复仇者必自绝
Pinyin:  fù chóu zhě bì zì jué 


“The one who runs 50 steps away (from the enemy) laughs at the one who runs 100 steps away”— Chinese Proverb
original:  五十步笑百步
Pinyin:  wǔ shí bù xiào bǎi bù


“The palest ink is better than the best memory. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  近朱者赤,近墨者黑
Pinyin:  jìn zhū zhě chì ,jìn mò zhě hēi


“The timber has been turned into a boat already. The rice is already cooked.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  木已成舟,生米煮成熟饭
Pinyin:  mù yǐ chéng zhōu ,shēng mǐ zhǔ chéng shú fàn


“The trees long for peace but the wind will never stop blowing; when a child wants to care for her parents, they are already gone."”— Chinese Proverb
original:  树欲动而风欲止,子欲养而亲不待
Pinyin:  shù yù dòng ér fēng yù zhǐ ,zǐ yù yǎng ér qīn bú dài


“There are always ears on the other side of the wall.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  隔墙有耳
Pinyin:  gé qiáng yǒu ěr


“There are fragrant meadows all over the world, why be obsessed with one particular flower?”— Chinese Proverb
original:  天涯何处无芳草,何必单恋一支花
Pinyin:  tiān yá hé chù wú fāng cǎo ,hé bì dān liàn yī zhī huā


“Things at the worst will mend.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  否极泰来
Pinyin:  fǒu jí tài lái


“Three humble shoemakers brainstorming will make a great statesman.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  三个臭皮匠赛过诸葛亮
Pinyin:  sān gè chòu pí jiàng sài guò zhū gě liàng


“Timely return of a loan makes it easier to borrow a second time.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  有借有还,再借不难
Pinyin:  yǒu jiè yǒu hái ,zài jiè bú nán


“To bury the hatchets and work for peace.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  化干戈为玉帛
Pinyin:  huà gàn gē wéi yù bó


“To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  老马识途 
Pinyin:  lǎo mǎ shí tú


“Try to save the dead horse as if it is still alive. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  死马当活马医
Pinyin:  sǐ mǎ dāng huó mǎ yī


“Turning aside and changing the subject.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  顾左右而言他
Pinyin:  gù zuǒ yòu ér yán tā


“Vicious as a tigeress can be, she never eats her own cubs.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  虎毒不食子
Pinyin:  hǔ dú bú shí zǐ


“When children travel far from home, mothers never stop worrying.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  儿行千里母担忧
Pinyin:  ér háng qiān lǐ mǔ dān yōu


“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  喝水不忘挖井人
Pinyin:  hē shuǐ bú wàng wā jǐng rén


“When people work with one mind, they can even remove Mount Taishan. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  人心齐,泰山移
Pinyin:  rén xīn qí ,tài shān yí


“When you are in Rome, do as the Romans do.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  入乡随俗
Pinyin:  rù xiāng suí sú


“When you drink the water, remember the spring.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  饮水思源
Pinyin:  yǐn shuǐ sī yuán


Read more chinese proverbs:

The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time


The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part II


The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part III


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