The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part II

The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part II

The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part II


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!


“Bad things never walk alone.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  祸不单行
Pinyin:  huò bú dān háng


“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不怕慢,就怕停
Pinyin:  bú pà màn ,jiù pà tíng


“Be the first to the field and the last to the couch.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  第一个出工干活,最后一个上床休息
Pinyin:  dì yī gè chū gōng gàn huó ,zuì hòu yī gè shàng chuáng xiū xī


“Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  美丽是女人的智慧。智慧是男人的美
Pinyin:  měi lì shì nǚ rén de zhì huì 。zhì huì shì nán rén de měi


“Behind an able man there are always other able men.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  人外有人,天外有天
Pinyin:  rén wài yǒu rén ,tiān wài yǒu tiān


“Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  与其千里之外去烧香,不如在家门口行点善
Pinyin:  yǔ qí qiān lǐ zhī wài qù shāo xiāng ,bú rú zài jiā mén kǒu háng diǎn shàn


“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  与其诅咒黑暗,不如燃起蜡烛
Pinyin:  yǔ qí zǔ zhòu hēi àn ,bú rú rán qǐ là zhú


“Butcher the donkey after it finished his job on the mill.”— Chinese Proverb
original: 卸磨杀驴 
Pinyin:  xiè mó shā lǘ


“Catch one’s heart, never be apart.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  愿得一人心,白首不相离
Pinyin:  yuàn dé yī rén xīn ,bái shǒu bú xiàng lí


“Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不做亏心事,半夜敲门心不惊
Pinyin:  bú zuò kuī xīn shì ,bàn yè qiāo mén xīn bú jīng


“Coming events cast their shadows before them.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  山雨欲来风满楼
Pinyin:  shān yǔ yù lái fēng mǎn lóu


“Crows everywhere are equally black.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  天下乌鸦一样黑
Pinyin:  tiān xià wū yā yī yàng hēi


“Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  宽以待人
Pinyin:  kuān yǐ dài rén


“Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  疑惑深,智慧也深;疑惑浅,智慧也浅
Pinyin:  yí huò shēn ,zhì huì yě shēn ;yí huò qiǎn ,zhì huì yě qiǎn


“Dig the well before you are thirsty.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  临渴掘井
Pinyin:  lín kě jué jǐng


“Disaster emanates from a careless talk.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  祸从口出
Pinyin:  huò cóng kǒu chū


“Dismantle the bridge shortly after crossing it.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  过河拆桥
Pinyin:  guò hé chāi qiáo


“Distant water won't quench your immediate thirst.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  远水解不了近渴
Pinyin:  yuǎn shuǐ jiě bú le jìn kě


“Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  善有善报,恶有恶报
Pinyin:  shàn yǒu shàn bào ,è yǒu è bào


“Do not anxiously hope for that which is not yet come; do not vainly regret what is already past.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  没到的不要焦急,过去的不要后悔
Pinyin:  méi dào de bú yào jiāo jí ,guò qù de bú yào hòu huǐ


“Do not employ handsome servants.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  别雇佣长得好看的佣
Pinyin:  bié gù yòng zhǎng dé hǎo kàn de yòng


“Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不怕走慢,就怕不动
Pinyin:  bú pà zǒu màn ,jiù pà bú dòng


“Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  别用斧头拍打朋友额头上的苍蝇
Pinyin:  bié yòng fǔ tóu pāi dǎ péng yǒu é tóu shàng de cāng yíng


“Don't open a shop unless you like to smile. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  你要是不喜欢微笑就别开店
Pinyin:  nǐ yào shì bú xǐ huān wēi xiào jiù bié kāi diàn


“Dream different dreams while on the same bed.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  同床异梦
Pinyin:  tóng chuáng yì mèng


“Dripping water pierces a stone; a saw made of rope cuts through wood.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  水滴石穿, 绳锯木断
Pinyin:  shuǐ dī shí chuān , shéng jù mù duàn


“Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  前人栽树后人乘凉
Pinyin: qián rén zāi shù hòu rén chéng liáng 


“Even a dragon (from the outside) finds it hard to control a snake in its old haunt. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  强龙难压地头蛇
Pinyin:  qiáng lóng nán yā dì tóu shé


“Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.”— Chinese Proverb
original: 兔子急了也咬人 
Pinyin:  tù zǐ jí le yě yǎo rén


“Every cloud has a silver lining.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  山穷水尽疑无路,柳暗花明又一村
Pinyin:  shān qióng shuǐ jìn yí wú lù ,liǔ àn huā míng yòu yī cūn


“Every man has his hobbyhorse.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  萝卜青菜,各有所爱
Pinyin:  luó bo qīng cài ,gè yǒu suǒ ài


“Every step leaves its print; work steadily and make solid progress.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一步一个脚印儿
Pinyin:  yī bù yī gè jiǎo yìn ér


“Everyone pushes a falling fence. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  墙倒众人推/落井下石
Pinyin:  qiáng dǎo zhòng rén tuī /luò jǐng xià shí


“Everything is ready except the east wind. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  万事俱备只欠东风
Pinyin:  wàn shì jù bèi zhī qiàn dōng fēng


“Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  上天在我们秃顶时赐予我们的梳子
Pinyin:  shàng tiān zài wǒ men tū dǐng shí cì yǔ wǒ men de shū zǐ


“Failure is mother of success.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  失败是成功之母
Pinyin:  shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ


“Fate brings people together no matter how far apart they may be.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  有缘千里来相会,无缘对面不相逢
Pinyin:  yǒu yuán qiān lǐ lái xiàng huì ,wú yuán duì miàn bú xiàng féng


“Fear the wolf in front and the tiger behind/ hesitate in doing something.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  前怕狼,后怕虎
Pinyin:  qián pà láng ,hòu pà hǔ


“First come, first served.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  早起的鸟有虫吃
Pinyin:  zǎo qǐ de niǎo yǒu chóng chī


“Flies never visit an egg that has no crack.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  苍蝇不叮无缝的蛋
Pinyin:  cāng yíng bú dīng wú féng de dàn


“Flowers may bloom again, but a person never has the chance to be young again. So don't waste your time.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  花有重开日,人无再少年
Pinyin:  huā yǒu zhòng kāi rì ,rén wú zài shǎo nián


“For life or for death, holding your hand, and aging with you.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  执子之手,与子偕老
Pinyin:  zhí zǐ zhī shǒu ,yǔ zǐ xié lǎo


“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  授人以鱼,不如授人以渔
Pinyin:  shòu rén yǐ yú ,bú rú shòu rén yǐ yú


“Give him an inch and he'll take a mile. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  得寸进尺
Pinyin: dé cùn jìn chǐ 


“God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  天无绝人之路
Pinyin:  tiān wú jué rén zhī lù


“God's plans supercede our own”— Chinese Proverb
original:  人算不如天算
Pinyin:  rén suàn bú rú tiān suàn


“Going beyond is as bad as falling short.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  过犹不及
Pinyin:  guò yóu bú jí


“Good pupils are to be brought up by strict teachers.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  严师出高徒
Pinyin:  yán shī chū gāo tú


“Good watch prevents misfortune.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  有备无患
Pinyin:  yǒu bèi wú huàn


“Great doubts deep wisdom. Small doubts little wisdom. ”— Chinese Proverb
original: 大疑深智慧,小疑小智慧 
Pinyin:  dà yí shēn zhì huì ,xiǎo yí xiǎo zhì huì


“Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  伟大的灵魂拥有意志, 而软弱的灵魂只有愿望
Pinyin:  wěi dà de líng hún yōng yǒu yì zhì , ér ruǎn ruò de líng hún zhī yǒu yuàn wàng


“Guilin’s mountain and water scenery is the best under heaven.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  桂林山水甲天下
Pinyin:  guì lín shān shuǐ jiǎ tiān xià


“Half a loaf is better than none.”— Chinese Proverb
original: 聊胜于无 
Pinyin:  liáo shèng yú wú


“Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger but a heart as soft as tofu.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  刀子嘴豆腐心
Pinyin:  dāo zǐ zuǐ dòu fǔ xīn


“Having a long illness makes the patient into a good doctor”— Chinese Proverb
original:  久病成良医
Pinyin: jiǔ bìng chéng liáng yī 


“He knows most who speaks least.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  见多识广者沈默寡言/大智若愚
Pinyin:  jiàn duō shí guǎng zhě shěn mò guǎ yán /dà zhì ruò yú


“He laughs best who laughs last. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  笑在最后笑得最好
Pinyin:  xiào zài zuì hòu xiào dé zuì hǎo


“He that has no cross deserves no crown; No pain, no gain. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  吃得苦中苦,方为人上人
Pinyin:  chī dé kǔ zhōng kǔ ,fāng wéi rén shàng rén


“He that waits for chance is never sure of his dinner.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  欲加之罪何患无词
Pinyin:  yù jiā zhī zuì hé huàn wú cí


“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  张口发问可能让你表现出5分钟的无知,但是不发问的人永远会无知
Pinyin:  zhāng kǒu fā wèn kě néng ràng nǐ biǎo xiàn chū 5fèn zhōng de wú zhī ,dàn shì bú fā wèn de rén yǒng yuǎn huì wú zhī


“He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不能与其敌人达成协议,将被敌人所控制
Pinyin:  bú néng yǔ qí dí rén dá chéng xié yì ,jiāng bèi dí rén suǒ kòng zhì


“He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  巧言令色,本性难移
Pinyin:  qiǎo yán lìng sè ,běn xìng nán yí


“He who lies down with dogs will rise with fleas.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  近朱者赤,近墨者黑
Pinyin:  jìn zhū zhě chì ,jìn mò zhě hēi


“He who treads softly goes far.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  轻履者远行
Pinyin:  qīng lǚ zhě yuǎn háng


“Heaven has a road, but no one travels it; Hell has no gate but men will dig to get there.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  天堂有路你不走 地狱无门你闯进来
Pinyin:  tiān táng yǒu lù nǐ bú zǒu  dì yù wú mén nǐ chuǎng jìn lái


“Heaven is high, and the emperor is far away”— Chinese Proverb
original:  天高皇帝远
Pinyin:  tiān gāo huáng dì yuǎn


“His life is not worth a year's purchase.”— Chinese Proverb
original: 死有余辜 
Pinyin:  sǐ yǒu yú gū


“How can you expect to find ivory in a dog's mouth?”— Chinese Proverb
original:  狗嘴里吐不出象牙
Pinyin:  gǒu zuǐ lǐ tǔ bú chū xiàng yá


“How can you put out a fire set on a cart-load of firewood with only a cup of water?”— Chinese Proverb
original:  杯水车薪
Pinyin:  bēi shuǐ chē xīn


“Hunger finds no fault with the cookery.  ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  饥不择食
Pinyin:  jī bú zé shí


“I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  在梦里有一千条新路可走,可是醒来以后还是走老路
Pinyin:  zài mèng lǐ yǒu yī qiān tiáo xīn lù kě zǒu ,kě shì xǐng lái yǐ hòu hái shì zǒu lǎo lù


“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不闻不若闻之,闻之不若见之,见之不若知之,知之不若行之
Pinyin:  bú wén bú ruò wén zhī ,wén zhī bú ruò jiàn zhī ,jiàn zhī bú ruò zhī zhī ,zhī zhī bú ruò háng zhī


“I heard" is good; "I saw" is better. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  我听说“很好”,我看到“更好”
Pinyin:  wǒ tīng shuō “hěn hǎo ”,wǒ kàn dào “gèng hǎo ”


“If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  愚我一次,其错在人;愚我两次,其错在我
Pinyin:  yú wǒ yī cì ,qí cuò zài rén ;yú wǒ liǎng cì ,qí cuò zài wǒ


“If a son is uneducated, his dad is to blame.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  子不教, 父之过
Pinyin:  zǐ bú jiāo , fù zhī guò


“If he spends one day as my teacher, he will be like a father my whole life”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一日为师,终身为父
Pinyin:  yī rì wéi shī ,zhōng shēn wéi fù


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