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Inspirational Chinese Proverbs, Quotes & Sayings on Life and Success

Filed in Articles by on July 7, 2021

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If you’re looking for words of encouragement to help keep you on your path, these Chinese proverbs are exactly what you didn’t know you needed. Our collection of wise Chinese sayings about love and life are still as powerful today as they were in ancient times.

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Inspirational Chinese Proverbs

Chinese Proverbs are full of so much wisdom. May these quotes inspire you to improve yourself and your life so that you may be successful.

1. “To believe in one’s dreams is to spend all of one’s life asleep.” – Chinese Proverb

2. “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.” – Chinese Proverb

3. “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” – Chinese Proverb

4. “If your strength is small, don’t carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don’t give advice.” – Chinese Proverbs

5. “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” – Chinese Proverb

6. “Man’s schemes are inferior to those made by heaven.” – Chinese Proverb

7. “A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” – Chinese Proverb

8. “Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.” – Chinese Proverb

9. “A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect.” – Chinese Proverb

10. “If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.” – Chinese Proverb

11. “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” – Chinese Proverb

12. “A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.” – Chinese Proverb

13. “A book holds a house of gold.” – Chinese Proverbs

14. “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” – Chinese Proverb

15. “A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” – Chinese Proverb

16. “A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.” – Chinese Proverb

17. “A fool judges people by the presents they give him.” – Chinese Proverb

18. “A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.” – Chinese Proverb

19. “A nation’s treasure is in its scholars.” – Chinese Proverb

20. “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb

21. “A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world, but very few real friends.” – Chinese Proverbs

22. “Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb

23. “Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.” – Chinese Proverb

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24. “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” – Chinese Proverb

25. “Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.” – Chinese Proverb

26. “The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Chinese Proverb

27. “With true friends…even water drunk together is sweet enough.” – Chinese Proverbs

28. “If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.” – Chinese Proverb

29. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb

30. “Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.” – Chinese Proverb

31. “Love is not about possession, it’s all about appreciation.” – Chinese Proverb

32. “After you is good manners.” – Chinese Proverb

33. “A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody. – Chinese Proverb

34. “Love at first sight. It’s generally used for people, but you can also use it for other physical objects.” – Chinese Proverb

35. “Coming events cast their shadows before them.” – Chinese Proverbs

36. “All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Chinese Proverb

37. “A straight foot is not afraid of a crooked shoe.” – Chinese Proverb

38. “A good book is a good friend.” – Chinese Proverb

39. “Time is money, and it is difficult for one to use the money to get time.” – Chinese Proverb

40. “Opportunity knocks at the door only once.” – Chinese Proverbs

41. “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese Proverb

42. “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” – Chinese Proverb

43. “Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.” – Chinese Proverb

44. “Outside noisy, inside empty.” – Chinese Proverb

45. “To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish.” – Chinese Proverb

46. “One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade.” – Chinese Proverb

47. “There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.” – Chinese Proverb

48. “He who depends on himself will attain the greatest happiness.” – Chinese Proverb

49. “If you don’t want anyone to know it, don’t do it.” – Chinese Proverb

50. “Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed rather at not being understanding.” – Chinese Proverb

51. “A little impatience will spoil great plans.”  – Chinese Proverb

52. “Talk does not cook rice.”  – Chinese Proverb

53. “A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things.” – Chinese Proverb

54. “Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” – Chinese Proverb

55. “If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back.” – Chinese Proverb

56. “One meal won’t make a fat man.” – Chinese Proverb

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57. “Clothing is cherishable when new, but relationship when old.” – Chinese Proverbs

58. “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” – Chinese Proverb

59. “Opportunity knocks at the door only once.” – Chinese Proverbs

60. “Do not choose the one you don’t trust and trust the one you chose.” – Chinese Proverb

61. “All things change, and we change with them.” – Chinese Proverb

62. “There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.” – Chinese Proverb

63. “He who cheats the earth will be cheated by the earth.” – Chinese Proverb

64. “A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.”- Chinese Proverb

65. “He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.” – Chinese Proverb

66. “Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to the true conversation.” – Chinese Proverb

67. “Genius can be recognized by its childish simplicity.” – Chinese Proverb

68. “Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.” – Chinese Proverbs

69. “Your teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”- Chinese Proverb

70. “Distant water does not put out a nearby fire.” – Chinese Proverb

71. “A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.” – Chinese Proverb

72. “Distance tests a horse’s strength. Time reveals a person’s character.” – Chinese Proverb

73. “Better the cottage where one is merry than the palace where one weeps.” – Chinese Proverb

74. “Do not afraid of moving slowly. Be afraid of standing still.”- Chinese Proverb

75. “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”- Chinese Proverb

76. “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb

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77. “When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.” – Chinese Proverbs

78. “He who is afraid of suffering is already suffering fear. Out of fear, true creativity is blocked.” – Chinese Proverb

79. “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. But if you give him a fishing rod, you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese Proverb

80. “At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.” – Chinese Proverb

81. “Keep a green tree alive in your heart, and a songbird may come to sing there.” – Chinese Proverb

82. “To use violence is to already be defeated.” – Chinese Proverb

83. “If you are in the business of revenge, then you better dig two graves.” – Chinese Proverb

84. “If Heaven made him – earth can find use for him.” – Chinese Proverb

85. “If you want to know what water is don’t ask the fish.” – Chinese proverb

86. It’s better to be without a book than to believe a book entirely.

87. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

88. A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

89. A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things.

90. Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

91. An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.

92. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

93. Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to the true conversation.

94. One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.

95. He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.

96. If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back.

97. There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.

98. A crisis is an opportunity to ride the dangerous wind.

99. “He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.” Chinese Proverb

100. “We count our miseries carefully, and accept our blessings without much thought.” Chinese Proverb

Just because cultures vary, doesn’t mean we can’t learn from one another. The Chinese have centuries of wisdom gleaned from greats, such as Confucius and Sun Yat-sen.

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