Sunday, February 14, 2010

Year Of The Tiger

For the Chinese New Year of the Tiger, I've compiled a random list of some of my favorite Chinese proverbs:

Let one who tied the bell on the tiger take it off. Every advantage has its disadvantages. A lifetime of cleverness can be ruined by a moment of stupidity. A single slip may cause lasting sorrow. One careless move and the whole game is lost. You can reach the same destination by different roads. Don't fish in troubled waters. Every single step leaves its print. To say you don't know is the beginning of knowing. A small leak will sink a great ship. Don't drain the pond to get all the fish. If you don't want others to know about it, then don't do it. Control your emotion, or it will control you. If you run after two hares, you will catch neither. You never know how hard a task is until you have done it yourself. The highest tower begins from the ground. Well begun is half done. The greatest joy in one's life is the fruit of one's own labor. No one is wise at all times. A wise man is always a good listener. Rumors stop at the wise person. Be mindful of possible danger in times of peace. Out of debt, out of danger. You are not beaten until you give up. There are bad ones among the good people; and good ones among the bad people. Rather go without than have something of poor quality. Sometimes the best gain is to lose. Take the whole into consideration, but do the job bit by bit. Correct the mistake if you have made any, and guard against it if you have not. What cannot be cured must be endured. Learn from others' strength to offset one's weaknesses. You cannot stand on two boats and sail. Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back. Here today, gone tomorrow. A man who makes a promise easily is apt to forget it. A good neighbor is better than a relative afar. An eye for an eye, and we will all go blind. A loss may turn out to be a gain. Nothing comes of nothing. One hour today is worth two hours tomorrow. The water that bears the boat can also swallow it up. A happy wife is the key to a happy family and home life. At birth we bring nothing with us, at death we take nothing away.

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