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Chinese proverbs are the same as our own

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:25


Very few things around here are as certain as a slew of positive emails in response to any mention of Sun Tzu.

We received enough chinese wisdom from our friends wallowing in their Sun Tzu man crushes to fill multiple posts.

What we find to be most interesting is the fact that regardless of language, culture, time or place, the identified principles for a successful life are always the same.

For example:


“The palest ink is better than the sharpest memory”

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself”

“Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own”

 “Hatred corrodes the vessel in which it is stored”

"The error of one moment becomes the sorrow of a whole life”

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

“He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself”

“Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly”

“Rotten wood cannot be carved”

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher”

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion”

“Of all the stratagems, to know when to quit is the best”

“To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation”

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it”

“If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.”

“Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.”

“The more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed during war.”

“When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger”

“There are only two perfectly good men, one dead, the other unborn”

“Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come”

“One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade”

“If you don't want anyone to know it, don't do it”