The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part III

The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part III

The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time Part III
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!


“If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  天生我才必有用
Pinyin:  tiān shēng wǒ cái bì yǒu yòng


“If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  内心有绿荫,小鸟儿自在欢畅
Pinyin:  nèi xīn yǒu lǜ yīn ,xiǎo niǎo ér zì zài huān chàng 


“If people are of one heart, even the yellow earth can become gold. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  三人一条心,黄土变成金
Pinyin:  sān rén yī tiáo xīn ,huáng tǔ biàn chéng jīn


“If there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  若灵魂里有亮光,人的心中就有美;若人的心中有美,其家就有和谐;若其家有和谐,其民族就有秩序;若民族有秩序,其世间就有和平
Pinyin:  ruò líng hún lǐ yǒu liàng guāng ,rén de xīn zhōng jiù yǒu měi ;ruò rén de xīn zhōng yǒu měi ,qí jiā jiù yǒu hé xié ;ruò qí jiā yǒu hé xié ,qí mín zú jiù yǒu zhì xù ;ruò mín zú yǒu zhì xù ,qí shì jiān jiù yǒu hé píng


“If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不撞南墙不回头
Pinyin:  bú zhuàng nán qiáng bú huí tóu


“If winter comes, can spring be far behind? ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  冬天来了,春天还会远吗
Pinyin:  dōng tiān lái le ,chūn tiān hái huì yuǎn ma


“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  忍一时风平浪静,退一步海阔天空
Pinyin:  rěn yī shí fēng píng làng jìng ,tuì yī bù hǎi kuò tiān kōng


“If you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow men.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  十年树木百年树人
Pinyin:  shí nián shù mù bǎi nián shù rén


“If you are poor, though you dwell in the busy marketplace, no one will inquire about you; if you are rich, though you dwell in the heart of the mountains, you will have distant relatives.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  贫居闹市无人问,富在深山有远亲
Pinyin:   pín jū nào shì wú rén wèn ,fù zài shēn shān yǒu yuǎn qīn


“If you are rich, you speak the truth if you are poor, your words are but lies.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  如果你富有,你说的是真话,如果你是穷人,你的话是谎言
Pinyin:  rú guǒ nǐ fù yǒu ,nǐ shuō de shì zhēn huà ,rú guǒ nǐ shì qióng rén ,nǐ de huà shì huǎng yán


“If you bow at all, bow low.”— Chinese Proverb
original:   既然低了头,干脆就多低点
Pinyin:  jì rán dī le tóu ,gàn cuì jiù duō dī diǎn


“If you do not study hard when young you'll end up bewailing your failures as you grow up.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  少小不努力,老大徒伤悲
Pinyin:  shǎo xiǎo bú nǔ lì ,lǎo dà tú shāng bēi


“If you don't want anyone to know, don't do it.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  要想人不知,除非己莫为
Pinyin:  yào xiǎng rén bú zhī ,chú fēi jǐ mò wéi


“If you have never done anything evil, you should not be worrying about devils to knock at your door.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不做亏心事,不怕鬼敲门
Pinyin:  bú zuò kuī xīn shì ,bú pà guǐ qiāo mén


“If you have no hand, you can't make a fist.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  巧妇难为无米之炊
Pinyin:  qiǎo fù nán wéi wú mǐ zhī chuī


“If you know yourself as well as others, you will not be in danger in 100 wars.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  知己知彼百战不殆
Pinyin:  zhī jǐ zhī bǐ bǎi zhàn bú dài


“If you marry a chicken you are chicken, if you marry a dog you are a dog”— Chinese Proverb
original:  嫁鸡随鸡嫁狗随狗
Pinyin:  jià jī suí jī jià gǒu suí gǒu


“If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  想赌一把之前,先确定三件事情:游戏规则,赌注,何时收工。
Pinyin:   xiǎng dǔ yī bǎ zhī qián ,xiān què dìng sān jiàn shì qíng :yóu xì guī zé ,dǔ zhù ,hé shí shōu gōng 


“If you plan for one year, plant rice. If you plan for ten years, plant trees. If you plan for 100 years, educate mankind.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  十年树木百年树人
Pinyin:  shí nián shù mù bǎi nián shù rén


“If you pull one pig by the tail, all the rest squeal.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一犬吠影,百犬吠声
Pinyin:  yī quǎn fèi yǐng ,bǎi quǎn fèi shēng


“If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  身正不怕影子斜
Pinyin:  shēn zhèng bú pà yǐng zǐ xié


“If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if ypu employ him, don't suspect him.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  用人不疑,疑人不用
Pinyin:  yòng rén bú yí ,yí rén bú yòng


“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.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  如果你想快乐一小时,打个盹;如果你想快乐一天,去钓鱼;如果你想快乐一个月,去结婚;如果你想快乐一生,帮助别人
Pinyin:  rú guǒ nǐ xiǎng kuài lè yī xiǎo shí ,dǎ gè dǔn ;rú guǒ nǐ xiǎng kuài lè yī tiān ,qù diào yú ;rú guǒ nǐ xiǎng kuài lè yī gè yuè ,qù jié hūn ;rú guǒ nǐ xiǎng kuài lè yī shēng ,bāng zhù bié rén


“If you work hard enough at it, you can grind even an iron rod down to a needle.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  只要功夫深铁杵磨成针
Pinyin:  zhī yào gōng fū shēn tiě chǔ mó chéng zhēn


“If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一招鲜,吃遍天
Pinyin:  yī zhāo xiān ,chī biàn tiān


“Ill news travels faster than good.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  好事不出门,恶事传千里
Pinyin:  hǎo shì bú chū mén ,è shì chuán qiān lǐ


“In a broken nest there are few whole eggs. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:   大厦将倾,安有完卵
Pinyin:  dà shà jiāng qīng ,ān yǒu wán luǎn


“In every country dogs bite. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:   天下的狗都要咬人
Pinyin:  tiān xià de gǒu dōu yào yǎo rén


“It has never been the case that man doesn't love his parents.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  人莫不親其親
Pinyin:  rén mò bú qīn qí qīn


“It is as impossible to find a perfect man as it is to find 100 percent pure gold.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  人无完人,金无足赤
Pinyin:  rén wú wán rén ,jīn wú zú chì


“It is better to travel ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  读万卷书不如行万里路
Pinyin:  dú wàn juàn shū bú rú háng wàn lǐ lù


“It is easy to dodge a spear that comes in front of you but hard to keep harms away from an arrow shot from behind.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  明枪易躲暗箭难防
Pinyin:  míng qiāng yì duǒ àn jiàn nán fáng


“It is easy to find a thousand soldiers, but hard to find a good general. This proverb notes the difficulty of finding an outstanding leader.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  千军易得,一将难求
Pinyin:  qiān jun1 yì dé ,yī jiāng nán qiú


“It is hard to please everyone.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  众口难调
Pinyin:  zhòng kǒu nán tiào


“It is never too late to mend.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  亡羊补牢为时不晚
Pinyin:  wáng yáng bǔ láo wéi shí bú wǎn


“It is well to profit by the folly of others.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  前车之鉴
Pinyin:  qián chē zhī jiàn


“It is when you are using what you have learned from books that you wish you had read more. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  书到用时方恨少
Pinyin:  shū dào yòng shí fāng hèn shǎo


“It never rains but it pours.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不鸣则已一鸣惊人
Pinyin:  bú míng zé yǐ yī míng jīng rén


“It takes more than one cold day for a river to freeze three feet deep.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  冰冻三尺,非一日之寒
Pinyin:  bīng dòng sān chǐ ,fēi yī rì zhī hán


“It's all Lombard Street to a Chinese orange.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  天壤之別
Pinyin:  tiān rǎng zhī bié


“Judge not the horse by his saddle.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  人不可貌相
Pinyin:  rén bú kě mào xiàng


“Keep learning in your lifetime or never too late to learn.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  活到老,学到老
Pinyin:  huó dào lǎo ,xué dào lǎo


“Keep the general goal in sight while tackling daily tasks.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  大处着眼,小处着手
Pinyin:  dà chù zhe yǎn ,xiǎo chù zhe shǒu


“Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  受伤了的胳膊藏在衣袖里
Pinyin:  shòu shāng le de gē bó cáng zài yī xiù lǐ


“Kill a chicken before a monkey.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  杀鸡儆猴
Pinyin:  shā jī jǐng hóu


“Kill one to warn a hundred.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  杀一儆百
Pinyin:  shā yī jǐng bǎi


“Kill two birds with one stone.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一石二鸟
Pinyin:  yī shí èr niǎo


“Learn from past mistakes to avoid future ones.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  惩前毖后
Pinyin:  chéng qián bì hòu


“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一技在手,天下任我走
Pinyin:  yī jì zài shǒu ,tiān xià rèn wǒ zǒu


“Learning without thought means labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆
Pinyin:  xué ér bú sī zé wǎng ,sī ér bú xué zé dài


“Lift a stone only to drop on your own feet.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  搬起石头砸自己的脚
Pinyin: bān qǐ shí tóu zá zì jǐ de jiǎo  


“Like sitting on a carpet of needles; to feel tense and uneasy.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  如坐针毡
Pinyin:  rú zuò zhēn zhān


“Listen to your advice, better than reading books for ten years.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  听君一席话,胜读十年书
Pinyin:  tīng jun1 yī xí huà ,shèng dú shí nián shū


“Look before you leap.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  三思而后行
Pinyin:  sān sī ér hòu háng


“Love is not about possession, it's all about appreciation.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  爱不是占有,而是欣赏
Pinyin:  ài bú shì zhàn yǒu ,ér shì xīn shǎng


“Love me ,love my dog. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  爱屋及乌
Pinyin:  ài wū jí wū


“Making a thousand decisions, even the wise will make a mistake…. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  智者千虑必有一失 
Pinyin:  zhì zhě qiān lǜ bì yǒu yī shī


“Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  已所不欲,勿施于人
Pinyin:  yǐ suǒ bú yù ,wù shī yú rén


“Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  天上不会掉馅饼
Pinyin:  tiān shàng bú huì diào xiàn bǐng


“Men grow old, pearls grow yellow, there is no cure for it.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  人老珠黄,无法更改
Pinyin:  rén lǎo zhū huáng ,wú fǎ gèng gǎi


“Mend the pen only after the sheep are all gone.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  亡羊补牢
Pinyin:  wáng yáng bǔ láo


“Near to rivers, we recognize fish, near to mountains, we recognize the songs of birds. It is very important to make on-the-spot investigations.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  靠山吃山靠水吃水
Pinyin:  kào shān chī shān kào shuǐ chī shuǐ


“Never try to prove what nobody doubts.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  此地无银三百两
Pinyin:  cǐ dì wú yín sān bǎi liǎng


“Never write a letter while you are angry.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  生气时决不要写信
Pinyin:  shēng qì shí jué bú yào xiě xìn


“No pains, no gains.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不劳不获
Pinyin:  bú láo bú huò


“No wind, no waves.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  无风不起浪
Pinyin:  wú fēng bú qǐ làng


“No zuo no die. ”— Chinese Proverb
original:  不作死就不会死
Pinyin:  bú zuò sǐ jiù bú huì sǐ


“Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  一犬吠形,百犬吠声
Pinyin:  yī quǎn fèi xíng ,bǎi quǎn fèi shēng


“Not wine…men intoxicate themselves; Not vice…men entice themselves.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  酒不醉人人自醉
Pinyin:  jiǔ bú zuì rén rén zì zuì


“Nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  没有规矩不成方圆
Pinyin:  méi yǒu guī jǔ bú chéng fāng yuán


“Nothing is too deceitful in war.”— Chinese Proverb
original:  兵不厌诈
Pinyin:  bīng bú yàn zhà


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The large collection of chinese proverbs of all time


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