Ancient Chinese Wisdoms

Great Wall
(photo: Zsolt)

  • The saving person becomes a free person.
  • Take a second look, it costs you nothing.
  • Flowing water is never stale.
  • Enjoy yourself. It’s later then you think.
  • Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile.
  • Plan your year in the early spring, your day at dawn.
  • The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher.
  • A clumsy bird that flies early will get to the forest first.
  • Listen to all, but follow no one absolutely.
  • To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
  • The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.
  • Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently.
  • Genius can be recognised by its childish simplicity.
  • Make happy those who are near and those who are far will come.
  • Dipping water can eat through a stone.
  • Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.
  • A bit of fragrance clings to hand that gives flowers.
  • Learning is like rowing upstream, to not advance is to go backwards.
  • Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.
  • Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in a different time.
  • Don't be afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
  • An ant may destroy a whole dam.
  • Better the cottage where one is merry than the palace where one weeps
  • A book holds a house of gold.
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