Chinese Wisdom – Quotes about Life

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills. – Chinese Proverb

He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them. – Chinese Proverb

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. – Chinese Proverb

The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed. – Chinese Proverb

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. – Chinese Proverb

The best fighter is never angry. – Lao Tzu

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Confucius

A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections. – Chinese Proverb

Happiness depends upon ourselves. – Lao Tzu

To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. – Confucius

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu

Do not be afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still. – Chinese Proverb

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius

If you are not a fish, how can you know if the fish is happy? – 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

A wise man learns from his mistakes, a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others. – Chinese Proverb

If you always give, you will always have. – Chinese Proverb

A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. – Chinese Proverb

The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world. – Lao Tzu

Patience is key. A goat’s hair grows one inch every three days. – Chinese Proverb

When anger arises, think of the consequences. – Confucius

The whole world is a classroom, and living is learning. – Chinese Proverb

The journey is the reward. – Chinese Proverb

Do not be misled by low valleys. In time, they will become a great mountain. – Chinese Proverb

Silence is a source of great strength. – Lao Tzu

The best revenge is not to be like your enemy. – Lao Tzu

Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them. – Chinese Proverb

If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back. – Chinese Proverb

A single conversation with a wise person is worth a month’s study of books. – Chinese Proverb

Words are easy, deeds are difficult. – Chinese Proverb

Do not fear hardship, do not fear death. – Chinese Proverb

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. – Chinese Proverb

The biggest mistake is to be afraid of making mistakes. – Chinese Proverb

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. – Chinese Proverb

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. – Chinese Proverb

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. – Chinese Proverb

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

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. – Chinese Proverb

A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood. – Chinese Proverb

The only way to enjoy anything in life is to earn it first. – Chinese Proverb

The faintest ink is better than the best memory. – Chinese Proverb

The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher. – Chinese Proverb

The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Chinese Proverb

If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people. – Chinese Proverb

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. – Confucius

A fall into a ditch makes you wiser. – Chinese Proverb

The best lie is the truth with a little honey. – Chinese Proverb

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