PROVERBS

Chinese Proverbs
A crane standing amidst a flock of chickens....Chinese Proverb.

Crows everywhere are equally black....Chinese Proverb.

A dish of carrot hastily cooked may still has soil uncleaned off the vegetable....Chinese Proverb.

Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring....Chinese Proverb.

Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger but a heart as soft as tofu....Chinese Proverb.

Have one's ears pierced only before the wedding ceremony starts....Chinese Proverb.

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

He who hurries can not walk with dignity....Chinese Proverb.

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come....Chinese Proverb.

If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hindred days of sorrow....Chinese Proverb.

If you bow at all, bow low....Chinese Proverb.

If you do not study hard when young you'll end up bewailing your failures as you grow up....Chinese Proverb.

Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come....Chinese Proverb.

The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking in the night....Chinese Proverb.

Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech....Chinese Proverb.

Mend the pen only after the sheep are all gone....Chinese Proverb.

Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down....Chinese Proverb.

Never write a letter while you are angry....Chinese Proverb.

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

A horse cannot gain weight if not fed with extra fodder during the night; a man cannot become wealthy without earnings apart from his regular salaries....Chinese Proverb.

How can you put out a fire set on a cart-load of firewood with only a cup of water? ...Chinese Proverb.

If a son is uneducated, his dad is to blame....Chinese Proverb. No wind, no waves....Chinese Proverb.

Of all the strategems, to know when to quit is the best....Chinese Proverb.

Of all the thirty-six alternatives, running away is best....Chinese Proverb.

Once bitten by a snake, he/she is scared all his/her life at the mere sight of a rope....Chinese Proverb.

Once on a tiger's back, it is hard to alight....Chinese Proverb.

One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked....Chinese Proverb.

One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him....Chinese Proverb.

One monk shoulders water by himself; two can still share the labor among them. When it comes to three, they have to go thirsty....Chinese Proverb.

One never needs their humor as much a when they argue with a fool....Chinese Proverb.

One should be just as careful in choosing one's pleasures as in avoiding calamities....Chinese Proverb.

Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire....Chinese Proverb.

An overcrowded chicken farm produce fewer eggs....Chinese Proverb.

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of he game, the stakes, and the quitting time....Chinese Proverb.

If you see in your wine the reflection of a person not in your range of vision, don't drink it....Chinese Proverb.

If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if ypu employ him, don't suspect him....Chinese Proverb.

There are always ears on the other side of the wall....Chinese Proverb.

There is no silver here: three hundred taels....Chinese Proverb.

Those who have free seats at a play hiss first....Chinese Proverb.

Three humble shoemakers brainstorming will make a great statesman....Chinese Proverb.

A tiger never returns to his prey he did not finish off....Chinese Proverb.

To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back....Chinese Proverb.

To understand your parents' love you must raise children yourself....Chinese Proverb.

Use power to curb power.

Vicious as a tigeress can be, she never eats her own cubs....Chinese Proverb.

If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words....Chinese Proverb.

In reviling, it is not necessary to prepare a preliminary draft....Chinese Proverb.

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

It is later than you think....Chinese Proverb.

Dismantle the bridge shortly after crossing it.

Distant water won't help to put out a fire close at hand.

Distant water won't quench your immediate thirst....Chinese Proverb.

Do not employ handsome servants.

Do not want others to know what you have done? Better not have done it anyways.

Add legs to the snake after you have finished drawing it....Chinese Proverb.

After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.

An ant may well destroy a whole dam.

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

Behind an able man there are always other able men....Chinese Proverb.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket....Chinese Proverb.

A book holds a house of gold.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it....Chinese Proverb.

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Knowing is not as good as loving; loving is not as good as enjoying....Chinese Proverb.

To learn and practise what is learned from time to time is pleasure, is it not? To have friends from afar is happiness, is it not? To be unperturbed when not appreciated by others is a gentleman, is it not?

Review the old and deducing the new makes a teacher....Chinese Proverb.

The gentleman understands righteousness, the petty man understands interest.

Aspire to the principle, behave with virtue, abide by benevolence, and immerse yourself in the arts.

A camel standing amidst a flock of sheep.

Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking....Chinese Proverb.

Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think.

Enough shovels of earth - a mountain. Enough pails of water - a river....Chinese Proverb.

Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.

A Jade stone is useless before it is processed; a man is good-for-nothing until he is educated.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step....Chinese Proverb.

Judge not the horse by his saddle. Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere....Chinese Proverb.

Life is a dream walking death is a going home.

Like ants eating a bone.

Lift a stone only to drop on your own feet....Chinese Proverb.

Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely.

The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be....Chinese Proverb.

Looking for the ass on its very back.

Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one....Chinese Proverb.

Kissing is like drinking tea through a tea-strainer; you're always thirsty afterwards.

Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock, unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine, gleam like a lake touched by a zephyr, and be wet and soft like earth newly swept by rain. - Lu Wu

There is ordinary and ground tea. What is called cake tea is put in a bottle or jar after being pounded, and the boiling water is poured over it. Sometimes onion, ginger, jujube, orange peel, and peppermint are used, and it is left to boil for some time before the froth is skimmed. Alas! this is the slop water of a ditch. - Lu Wu

The first bowl sleekly moistened throat and lips, The second banished all my loneliness The third expelled the dullness from my mind, Sharpening inspiration gained from all the books I've read. The fourth brought forth light perspiration, Dispersing a lifetime's troubles through my pores. The fifth bowl cleansed ev'ry atom of my being. The sixth has made me kin to the Immortals. This seventh... I can take no more. - Lu Tung, Chinese Poet

Flies never visit an egg that has no crack.

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

A good fortune may forbode a bad luck, which may in turn disguise a good fortune.

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently.

Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.

"With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown."

ARAB PROVERBS
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket....Arab Proverb

He who speaks about the future lies, even when he tells the truth....Arab Proverb

For every glance behind us, we have to look twice to the future....Arab Proverb

While the word is yet unspoken, you are master of it; when once it is spoken, it is master of you....Arab Proverb

An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep....Arab Proverb

When you are dead, your sister's tears will dry as time goes on, your widow's tears will cease in another's arms, but your mother will mourn you until she dies....Arab Proverb

If you conduct yourself properly, fear no one....Arab Proverb

Have faith in a stone and you can will be healedone....Arab Proverb

Blood can never turn into water....Arab Proverb

Don't ask the singer to sing until he wishes to sing by himself...Arab Proverb

Examine what is said, not him who speaks....Arab Proverb.

RUSSIAN PROVERBS
A silent man is not a conquered man....Russian Proverb.

A spoken word is not a sparrow. Once it flies out, you can't catch it....Russian Proverb.

A drop hollows out a stone....Russian Proverb.

Every sandpiper praises his own swamp....Russian Proverb.

A silent man is not a conquered man....Russian Proverb.

A spoken word is not a sparrow. Once it flies out, you can't catch it....Russian Proverb.

A drop hollows out a stone....Russian Proverb.

Ask a lot, but take what is offered....Russian Proverb.

Do not make an elephant out of a fly....Russian Proverb.

When we sing everybody hears us; when we sigh, nobody hears us....Russian Proverb.

The sun will shine into our yard too....Russian Proverb.

After a storm fair weather, after sorrow joy....Russian Proverb.

All are not cooks that walk with long knives....Russian Proverb.

All cats are grey at night....Russian Proverb.

Every seed knows its time....Russian Proverb.

The one who draws the cart is urged on....Russian Proverb.

All is well that ends well....Russian Proverb.

All is not gold that glitters....Russian Proverb.

The appetite comes during a meal....Russian Proverb.

As you cooked the porridge, so must you eat it....Russian Proverb.

As you make your bed, so you will sleep....Russian Proverb.

It is a bad workman that has a bad saw....Russian Proverb.

Better late than never....Russian Proverb.

Better to stumble than make a slip of the tongue....Russian Proverb.

Beware of a quite dog and still water....Russian Proverb.

A bird may be known by its flight....Russian Proverb.

One fisherman sees another from afar....Russian Proverb.

Take the bull by the horns....Russian Proverb.

Idleness is the mother of all vices....Russian Proverb.

A fly will not come into a closed mouth....Russian Proverb.

There will be trouble if the cobbler starts making pies....Russian Proverb.

A drop hollows out a stone....Russian Proverb.

A wolf won't eat wolf....Russian Proverb.

You do not need a whip to urge on an obedient horse....Russian Proverb.

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Do not look at gift hourse's mouth....Russian Proverb.

A man should not be struck when he is down....Russian Proverb.

You do not swap horses while crossing the ford....Russian Proverb.

A drowing man clutches at straw....Russian Proverb.

It is good to be visiting, but it is better at home....Russian Proverb.

The end is the crown of any work....Russian Proverb.

The tongue speaks, but the head doesn't know....Russian Proverb.

There is no evil without good....Russian Proverb.

If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also....Russian Proverb.

He who doesn't risk never gets to drink champagne....Russian Proverb.

The hammer shatters glass but forges steel....Russian Proverb.

One who sits between two chairs may easily fall down....Russian Proverb.

To ask is no sin and to be refused is no calamity....Russian Proverb.

A man without a wife is like a man in winter without a fur hat....Russian Proverb.

The wolf will hire himself out very cheaply as a shepherd....Russian Proverb.

He need not search his pockets for words....Russian Proverb.

The offender never forgives....Russian Proverb.

A kind word is like a spring day....Russian Proverb.

An enemy will agree, but a friend wil argue....Russian Proverb.

Devils live in quiet pond....Russian Proverb.

Wild ducks and tomorrow both come without calling....Russian Proverb.

The old bear falls into the old trap....Russian Proverb.

No matter how much you feed a wolf he will always return to the forest....Russian Proverb.

A lizard on a cushion will still seek leaves....Russian Proverb.

It is easy to undress the naked....Russian Proverb.

In the kingdom of hope there is no winter....Russian Proverb.

No one is dragged to heaven by the hair....Russian Proverb.

Happiness is not a horse, you cannot harness it....Russian Proverb.

To ask is no sin and to be refused is no calamity....Russian Proverb.

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