Chinese Proverbs (601-637)

Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.

When walking through your neighbors melon patch,
don’t tie your shoe.

Dogs show no aversion to poor families.

If the dog goes when the cat comes,
there will be no fight.

The elephant is killed because he has tusks.

Strike an egg against a stone and the yolk runs out at once.

In beating a dog, first find out who his owner is.

A lean dog shames his master.

Better a dog in times of peace than a man in times of rebellion.

One dog barks at something and a hundred bark at the sound.

Want a thing long enough, and you don’t.

A worn out boat still has three thousand nails in it.

No melon seller yells “Bitter melons!”

After a typhoon there are pears to gather up.

You won’t help shoots grow by pulling them up higher.

When rats infest the palace a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse.

He lifts his feet high who puts on boots for the first time.

When you paint a dragon, you paint his skin.
It is difficult to paint the bones.

You cannot fill your belly by painting pictures of bread.

A dog’s mouth yields no ivory.

Better to light a candle, than to curse the darkness.

When white cloth has been dipped in the dyeing vat,
it is difficult to tell it from black.

Eggs must not quarrel with stones.

A clever doctor never treats himself.

The door of charity is hard to open and hard to shut.

The doctor who rides in a chair will not visit the house of the poor.

You continually grind a bar of iron, you can make a needle of it.

He who does not accept cash when offered is no businessman.

Leave a little of the tail to whisk off the flies.

Even he who has accumulated 10,000 coins of silver
cannot take a single one with him at death.

A good talker does not equal a good listener.

A thousand coins won’t purchase a laugh.

It is easier to run down a hill than up one.

Herons do no eat herons’ flesh.

Every highway leads to Peking.

If the main timbers in the house are not straight,
the smaller timbers will be unsafe
and if the smaller timbers are not straight,
house will fall.

When you know a man,
you know his face but not his heart.

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Chinese Proverbs (601-636)