Chinese Proverbs

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Never Give Up
Chinese Calligraphy Scroll from Oriental Outpost
Calligraphy by Master Calligrapher Xing An-Ping

The first character means “eternal” or “forever”,
and the second means “not” (together they mean “never”).

The last two characters mean “give up” or “abandon”.
The whole  can be translated  “Never Give Up” .
The version on the right is written
in the “Xing-Caoshu” or “Running Grass/Cursive Script”.


Chinese Proverbs are famous sayings taken from literature, history, and famous philosophers, scholars and sages.

There are hundreds of Chinese proverbs addressing all aspects of life – from education and work, to personal goals and relationships.


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A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

— Chinese Proverb

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.

— Chinese Proverb

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

— Chinese Proverb

A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.

— Chinese Proverb

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

— Chinese Proverb

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

— Chinese Proverb

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.

— Chinese Proverb

A single spark can set a prairie on fire.

— Chinese Proverb

A smile will gain you ten more years of life.

— Chinese Proverb

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

— Chinese Proverb

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

— Chinese Proverb

Behind an able man there are always other able men.

— Chinese Proverb

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

— Chinese Proverb

Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.

— Chinese Proverb

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.

— Chinese Proverb

Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.

— Chinese Proverb

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

— Chinese Proverb

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.

— Chinese Proverb

He who hurries can not walk with dignity.

— Chinese Proverb

He who knows patience knows peace.

— Chinese Proverb

If you always give, you will always have.

— Chinese Proverb

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

— Chinese Proverb

If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.

— Chinese Proverb

If you grow a man’s self worth, he will have a lifetime of prosperity.

— Chinese Proverb

If you think too long on your next step, you will end up in life standing on one leg.

— Chinese Proverb

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

— Chinese Proverb

In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone’s letter.

— Chinese Proverb

It is better to be a small stream, than a deep ditch.

— Chinese Proverb

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

— Chinese Proverb

It is better to take many small steps in the right direction, than to make a great leap forward, only to stumble backward.

— Chinese Proverb
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