18 Chinese Proverbs to Help you Ring in the New Year

Jan 31, 2014 | Articles

18 Chinese Proverbs to Help you Ring in the New Year
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In the spirit of Chinese New Year, we have put together a list of proverbs that date back to as early as 500 BC. Through these proverbs, Chinese families have passed down knowledge, inspiration and motivation from generation to generation. The interesting thing about Chinese proverbs is how the use of such simple ideas and logic can actually empower individuals to view life in an entirely different light. From the staff at Quotivee, we would like to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year by sharing some of our favourite proverbs.

Here are 18 Chinese proverbs to help you ring in the New Year:

1. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

2. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

3. “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.”

4. “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

5. “A man grows most tired while standing still.”

6. “Reading ten thousand books is not as useful as travelling ten thousand miles.”

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

8. “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

9. “Climb the mountains to see lowlands.”

10. “Even a toad has four ounces of strength.”

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

12. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

13. “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”

14.  “You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.”

15. “A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect.”

16. “The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow.”

17. “Do not anxiously hope for that which is not yet come; do not vainly regret what is already past.”

18. “Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.”