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These Chinese proverbs are mostly expressed as four-character idioms. Like any idiom, they are expressive, precise and often leave meaningful afterthoughts for listners.
- A sly rabbit will have three openings to its den.
- A smile will gain you ten more years of life.
- Some prefer carrot while others like cabbage.
- Sow much, reap much; sow little, reap little.
- Steal a bell with one's ears covered.
- The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking in the night.
- There are always ears on the other side of the wall.
- There is no silver here: three hundred taels.
- Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
- Three humble shoemakers brainstorming will make a great statesman.
- A tiger never returns to his prey he did not finish off.
- 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.
- To understand your parents' love you must raise children yourself.
- Use power to curb power.
- Vicious as a tigeress can be, she never eats her own cubs.
- Waiting for a rabbit to hit upon a tree and be killed in order to catch it.
- We are not so much concerned if you are slow as when you come to a halt.
- A weasel comes to say Happy New Year to the chickens.
- With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
- When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
- When you are poor, neighbors close by will not come; once you become rich, you'll be surprised by visits from (alleged) relatives afar.
- When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
- When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.
- When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.
- Without food supply, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook you a meal.
- You can only go halfway into the darkest forest; then you are coming out the other side.
- You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
- You can't catch a cub without going into the tiger's den.
- You can't expect both ends of a sugar cane are as sweet.
- You think you lost your horse? Who knows, he may bring a whole herd back to you someday.
- You won't help shoots grow by pulling them up higher.
- Your fingers can't be of the same length.
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