Chinese Proverbs

Funny Chinese Proverbs and Ancient Chinese Proverbs

  • You will not find ivory in a dog’s mouth.
  • You can plan a picnic, but you can’t control the weather.
  • Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook.
  • When eating bamboo shoots, remember the man who planted them.
  • To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
  • Though your horse has wandered away, he may someday bring a whole herd back to you.
  • The other ducks do not like the loudest duck.
  • Once you climb up onto a tiger’s back, it is hard to get down.
  • Listen to all; pluck a feather from every passing goose; but follow no one absolutely.
  • Kill the chicken BEFORE it eats your bait grain.
  • If you steal a bell, keep your ears covered.
  • If you lift a stone, take care that you do not drop it on your foot.
  • Govern a family as you would cook a small fish.
  • Flies do not visit the egg unless it is cracked.
  • Falling into a ditch makes you wiser.
  • Even a frog in a well shaft can see the sky.
  • Do not look for a woman you think you can live with. Look for a woman you can’t live without.
  • Do not accept your dog’s opinion that you are a wonderful person.
  • Distant waters do not put out the fires that are nearby.
  • As vicious as a tigress is, she never eats her own cubs.
  • All crows are equally black.
  • Add legs to the snake only after you have finished drawing it.
  • A weasel comes to say “Happy New Year” to the chickens.
  • A sly rabbit will have TWO openings to his den.
  • A man who stands on a hill with his mouth open will wait a long time before a roast duck drops in.
  • A dog will not forsake his master merely because his master becomes poor
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2 Responses to Chinese Proverbs

  1. Quote says:

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    many proverbs are wrongly translated .

    Govern a family as you would cook a small fish.
    The saying comes from Laozi , and it’s ” govern a country / nation is liking cooking a small fish” , which means you don’t turn it all the time, leave it them and it will be done. A lot of economic and political liberalism in ancient China.

    “If you steal a bell, keep your ears covered.” The original saying doesn’t suggest ” if … then” condition. It only says a theft trying to cover up his ears when he was stealing a ball , thinking that no one would know it.

    “Even a frog in a well shaft can see the sky.” It doesn’t suggest that a frog can see the sky. It implies that the world is so small for a frog in a well shaft.

    “A man who stands on a hill with his mouth open will wait a long time before a roast duck drops in.” I think you’re talking about another proverb, 守株待兔. A rabbit run so fast to crash into a tree and a hunter got his free lunch. He decided not to work again, and stood next to a tree every day to wait for another unlucky rabbit.

  2. Quote says:

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    there’re many more mistakes in this post. Just to name a few.

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