Chinese Proverbs (501-600)

Though lamb may be good,
it is difficult to cook it to suit everyone's taste.

It is easy to govern a kingdom but difficult to rule one's family.

One lamp in a dark place is better than
lighting a seven-story pagoda.

Don't laugh at him who is old.
The same will assuredly happen to us.

Man's life is like a candle in the wind,
or like the frost upon the tiles.

Sweet-melon lips, bitter-melon heart.

Literature does not lead men astray.

Full-fledged birds fly away.

The light of a hundred stars does not
equal the light of the moon.

In life beware of the law court in death beware of hell.

Beauty does not ensnare men they ensnare themselves.

If a family has an old person in it, it possesses a jewel.

If one morning you make a false step,
a hundred lifetimes cannot redeem it.

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

Don't lift off the lid too soon.

Light travels like an arrow, and time like a shuttle.

To save a single life is better than
building a seven-story pagoda.

A man without determination is but an untempered sword.

A red-nosed man may not be a drunkard,
but he will always be called one.

A man who knows too many crafts cannot feed his family.

A man cannot be known by his looks,
nor can the sea be measured with a bushel basket.

A man does not live a hundred years,
yet he worries enough for a thousand.

Yearly guard against famine nightly guard against thieves.

We know men's faces, not their minds.

A honest magistrate cannot succeed.

A small man with education is of use to the state.
Of what use is a tall man who knows nothing?

An honest magistrate has lean clerks.
A powerful god has fat priests.

To open a book brings profit.

A man without a smiling face should not open a shop.

A good man protects three villages a good dog, three houses.

A man whose heart is not content is like a snake
which tries to swallow an elephant.

A healthy poor man is worth half a rich one.

A maiden marries to please her parents, a widow to please herself.

If good luck comes, who doesn't?
If good luck does not come, who does?

When you sit alone, meditate on your own faults.
When you converse, do not discuss the faults of others.

There are no feasts in the world which do not break up at last.

At birth we bring nothing, at death we take away nothing.

Look at the book and sing as it directs.

When the boat reaches midstream, it is too late to stop the leak.

The blind are quick at hearing the deaf are quick at sight.

Never leave your field in spring or your house in winter.

A wise man will not reprove a fool.

A wise man who has seen everything
is not the equal of one who has done one thing with his hands.

A wise man makes his own decisions,
an ignorant man follows public opinion.

If the poor man associates with the rich,
he will soon have no trousers to wear.

If you suspect a man, don't employ him.
If you employ a man, don't suspect him.

The first time it is a favor the second, a rule.

If man cheats the earth, the earth will cheat man.

The contented man, though poor,
is happy the discontented man, though rich, is sad.

Man has a thousand schemes Heaven has but one.

Man cannot be always fortunate flowers do not last forever.

What a man says in private, Heaven hears as the voice of thunder.

The man on horseback knows nothing
of the toil of the traveler on foot.

Get the coffin ready and the man won't die.

In bowing in a dark place each man follows his own inclination.

The man destined to happiness need not be in a hurry.

Heaven and earth Man is Heaven and earth in miniature.

Without experience one gains no wisdom.

To hear it told is not equal to experience.

Man sees the gain, not the danger.

He is truly a superior man who can watch a chess game in silence.

One man tells a falsehood, a hundred repeat it as true.

He who rides in the chair is a man,
He who carries the chair is also a man.

Man can cure disease, but not fate.

The rich man plans for the future,
but the poor man for the present.

If a man is evil, men fear him but Heaven does not.
If a man is virtuous, men oppress him but Heaven does not.

Man is, of all creation, the spiritual intelligence.

If a man does not receive guests at home,
he will meet very few hosts abroad.

There is many a good man to be found under a shabby hat.

Hide the evil show the good.

Even the emperor has straw-sandaled relatives.

If your fields are not ploughed, your store house will be empty.

One bamboo does not make a row.

A lost inch of gold may be found a lost inch of time, never.

Master easy, servant slack.

No medicine can cure a vulgar man.

When a man is poor he remembers old debts due him.

When the melon is ripe, it will drop of itself.

There is many a good man to be found under a shabby hat.

What a man says in private, Heaven hears as the voice of thunder.

The rich man plans for the future, but the poor man for the present.

What the eye does not see the heart does not grieve for.

Though the emperor has wealth,
he cannot buy ten thousand years of life.

A thousand masters, a thousand methods.

The mantis seizes the locust,
but does not see the yellow bird behind him.

Nine out of ten matchmakers are liars.

From the roof of a house a melon may roll either of two ways.

Without a true friend the intelligent man
cannot know the mistakes that he makes.

A melon seller never cries "bitter melons,"
nor a wine seller "thin wine."

The melon seller shouts that his melons are sweet.

A frog in a well is best off in the well.

If you do nothing for your fellow man,
then all your prayers to the Buddha are in vain.

The summer insect cannot talk of ice.
The frog in the well cannot talk of Heaven.

The farmer hopes for rain, the traveler for fine weather.

Sleep is a priceless treasure
the more one has of it, the better it is.

One generation opens the road
upon which another generation travels.

You can't get fat from a dry bone.

Blame yourself as you would blame others
as you would excuse yourself.

When the cat has gone, the rats come out to stretch themselves.

Look upon death as a going home.

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