"Better do a kindness near home than go far to burn incense."
"Garden flowers grow larger, but field flowers grow stronger."
"He who rides a tiger will always have fear in dismounting."
"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back."
"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song." ~Maya Angelou (kinda like a Chinese proverb)
"A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses."
"A person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the man doing it."
"Do not anxiously hope for that which is not yet come;
do not vainly regret what is already past."
"He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes."
"I dreamed a thousand new paths. I awoke and walked my old one. "
"If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come."
"If there is a wave there must be a wind."
"If you are standing upright, do not worry if your shadow is crooked."
"In shallow holes, moles make fools of dragons."
"Enough shovels of earth - a mountain. Enough pails of water - a river."
"Many books do not use up words; many words do not use up thoughts."
"No matter how tall the mountain, it cannot block out the sun."
"O man, you who do not live a hundred years, why fret a thousand minutes?"
"Often one finds one's destiny just where one hides to avoid it."
"One should be just as careful in choosing one's pleasures
as one is in avoiding calamities."
"Rather once cry your heart out than always sigh."
"Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones."
"The pen of the tongue should be dipped in the ink of the heart."
"The water that bears the ship is the same that swallows it."
"We forget even incense in easy times; come hard times,
we embrace the Buddha's feet."
"When you say one thing, the clever person understands three."
"You buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones."
"You must cross the river before you anger the crocodile."
"Over a long distance, you learn the strength of your horse;
over a long period of time, you know a person's heart."
"It is no punishment to beat a dog with a piece of meat."
"Men grow old, pearls grow yellow, there is no cure for it."
"A clumsy bird that flies first will get to the forest earlier."
"A new-born calf fears no tigers."
"Respect out of fear is never genuine;
reverence out of respect is never false."
"Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box."
"Better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one."
"A bird can roost but on one branch,
a mouse can drink not more than its fill from a river."
"Before dinner, we would explore and climb mountains -
after dinner, the mountains are filled with snakes and tigers."
"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."
"Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck,
leads the flock to fly and follow."
"The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be."
"One monk shoulders water himself; two can still share the labor;
when it comes to three, they will go thirsty."
"If you have done nothing evil,
do not worry about a knocking at your door."
"A weasel comes to say Happy New Year to the chickens."
"Do good, reap good;
do evil, reap evil."