Chinese Proverb

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A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections. Miscellaneous
A dog in a kennel barks at his fleas; a dog hunting does not notice them. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A murder may be forgiven, an affront never Human Nature
A person who knows cock fighting is better off than a learned scholar
A wise person would never be eager to ask for acknowledgment of his or her contribution. Human Nature
Alarm in hard times makes one live; indulgence in comfort makes one die. Miscellaneous
All the officials responsible for giving ethical advice to the emperor were chased away. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
All things which exist in time must perish Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Ancient histories provide windows to knowing current affairs. History
As long as the law exists, there will be morality. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. Management & Managing Government
Better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness. Miscellaneous
China is a sea that salts all the waters that flow into it. Power
Coffin sales people would like to have a plague every year. Lobbying & Special Interests
Disasters impel a nation to rise Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Do not employ someone whom you have doubt in. Once one employs someone, he or she should not have doubt in that person.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead. Management & Managing Government
Education is more valuable than money. Money can be taken away from you. Education cannot be. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Eliminate different factions of a warlord's followers by using internal strife to make them kill each other Power ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Everyone pushes a falling fence. Miscellaneous
For men, to cultivate virtue is knowledge; for women, to renounce knowledge is virtue. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Friends recommend one another for jobs
Getting rid of a problem in one area improves the situations in ten areas. Management & Managing Government
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Foreign Aid ;Welfare
Governing a state without ritual is like plowing a field without a plowshare. Leaders & Leadership
Government posts are for sale, preventing some poor people with abilities from serving in those positions. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Government troops [police] are worse to the civilians than are the bandits whom the troops are trying to eliminate. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Having wealth and prestige by being a court official comes at a cost. Being poor and having low social status give people freedom. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. Human Nature
He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them. Negotiating & Negotiations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
He who governs by his moral excellence may be compared to the Pole star which abides in its place while all other stars bow towards it. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
He who says it cannot be done should get out of the way of the one who is doing it. Miscellaneous
He who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out. War & Peace
How long it takes for reforms of ritual ceremonies to be discussed among scholars who all have their own ideas. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
If a military mission has no guide who knows the inside information of the opponents, it will likely have to retreat half of the way. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
If one could rise to heaven, there would not be any people on earth. Religion & God
If one delays the treatment of a disease, one does not recover quickly. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
If one does not forget one's previous experience, one can learn for the future from the past. History
If one does not search for things, how will he ever find anything? Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If one has a flexible attitude, one knows how to deal with changing situations Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
If one is respected, it is only because one shows one's respect for others first. Miscellaneous
If one wants to get high paying jobs, one ought to depend on those who are in power. Patronage & Pork Barrel
If one were to be penalized in any way by one's superior, one would have no good words to say about that superior Management & Managing Government
If the head of the state is exemplary and his officials are competent, all things will go well. If the head of the state will worry about minute details, his officials will be lazy, and all things will go bad. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If the water is too clear, there is nothing for the fish to eat. Environment & Environmentalism
If there was a day that history was not recorded, then the history of one hundred days would be in peril. History
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If you bow at all bow low. Miscellaneous
If you bow at all, bow low. Human Nature
Inappropriate and harsh policies distance the people from the government. Not only do they induce suffering and pain, they also counter the favors given to the people in the past Policy & Policy Making
it is … not a good idea to resort to tossing coins. Management & Managing Government ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is a bad practice to put people who are good at military affairs in civil service positions.
It is a mistake to condemn a horse for being slim and to condemn a capable person for being poor. Poverty
It is better to have opportunities than to have wisdom. Miscellaneous
It is not polite to receive a favor without returning it. Slogans & Mottoes
It is not the knowing that is difficult, but the doing. Management & Managing Government
It is profit that makes a wise man loose his senses. Business, Commerce & Finance
It seems that the world considers whoever gets benefit is the virtuous one Patronage & Pork Barrel
Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Let your tongue become accustomed to the words “I do not know”. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head. Families, Children & Parenting
Men trip not on mountains they trip on molehills. Human Nature
Mending the fence when one loses a sheep is still not too late. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Ministers come from a household of ministers, and generals come from a household of generals. Families, Children & Parenting
Money can make everything happen, including making ghosts do things Money, Coins & Minting
Morality of society has deteriorated so much due to the government's bad policy of selling office positions Corruption
Never let one's enemy escape. Miscellaneous
No good-looking appearance would conceal low intelligence. Public Relations & Image
Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. Leaders & Leadership
Once one feels content about what one has, then humiliation does not arise. If one could never feel content, one would never even get what one wished to have. Human Nature
One generation plants the trees. Another gets the shade. Miscellaneous
One man will carry two buckets of water for his own use, Two men will carry one for their joint use; Three men will carry none for anybody's use. Management & Managing Government
One who uses an ancient rule to govern the present does not necessarily see the changes that have taken place. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
One would be better off not to buy any land when one has money, since when one has land, the government imposes heavy taxes on one's properties. Taxes
Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Out of all things bad, something good. Out of all things good, something bad. Miscellaneous
People always say it is carefree leaving officialdom, but actually they do want to keep the position. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
People could empathize with other people who had gone through the same experience as they had. Human Nature
People would rather live in undeveloped places in the tropical south than have to live under the jurisdiction of four greedy and corrupted princes. Corruption
Public before private and country before family. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Some powerful people who were not emperors, yet were just as powerful as emperors, were followed by an entourage of officials Leaders & Leadership
Talk does not cook rice. Slogans & Mottoes
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The benefit of drinking alcohol is very minimal and the harm of it is as bad as what a knife can do. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
The best soldiers are not warlike Military & Veterans
The best way to become wealthy is through trade Foreign Trade
The difference between people are really great in terms of the level of their aspirations. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The first 3 years of a person’s life determines the next 80 years. Families, Children & Parenting
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The general population protect themselves by keeping promises Miscellaneous
The Gods cannot help those who do not seize opportunities Leaders & Leadership
The key to winning a battle is to not burden the general population with military expenses War & Peace
The kingdom is in such a peaceful state that people come from afar to visit War & Peace
The palest ink is better than the best memory. History ;Miscellaneous
The poor should not have to learn how to be frugal and the rich should not have to learn to be extravagant. Poverty
The prison officials practiced such excessive cruelty that they were jeopardizing the entire system Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The tail of China is large and will not be wagged. Power ;Miscellaneous
The way to fame goes through the palaces, the way to happiness does through the markets, the way to virtue goes through the deserts. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same when you get there. Religion & God
There is no one to sweep a common hall. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Those wealthy people purchase books to put on their book shelves for display rather than for reading. Public Relations & Image
We kill the chickens to scare the monkeys. Miscellaneous
When one is having good fortune, one's mind tends to be clear. When one is struck by a disaster, one's mind tends to be muddled. Human Nature
When the fish price is too low, the fishermen starve. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
When the water is deep enough, we can tell who is tall. Human Nature
When there are three leaders to look up to, who exactly should I follow? Leaders & Leadership
Wild beasts hate nets, and people hate their superiors. Human Nature
With inflation, debts and bills fly to the sky Budgets & Budgeting
With money you are a dragon; with no money, a worm. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
You only get to know someone after a huge exchange of blows. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest