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50 Timeless Chinese Proverbs Worth Memorizing

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Prudence, condensed

Plucked directly from Gerd de Ley’s Book of Chinese Proverbs: A Collection of Timeless Wisdom, Wit, Sayings & Advice, these 50 proverbs really struck a chord and are worth keeping in your back pocket.

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On doing this with a purpose

It is equally, if not more so important to do things without agenda as it is to do them with one.

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On being lost in darkness

You can’t see it, but it can probably see you. Unless its eyes are doing that spooky glowing-thing. Then you can probably see it.

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On want and fear

Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy, or dry. If cat jokes are more your speed as opposed to cat quotes, check out our cat jokes page.

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On sharing

Sharing your success is infinitely more worthwhile than distributing your pity. Guess which one the dog would rather have. Spread the love with these 21 success quotes that will make you even more successful.

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On martyrdom

Don’t offer a helping hand then play the victim when people reach out for it. Boo.

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On acting thoughtfully

Even the best-aimed shoe can do more harm than good. The vase will thank you later. Here are 22 of the most beautiful proverbs from around the world.

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On growth and boundaries

You gotta give them thangs room to roam! Comfortable conditions don’t breed growth, the challenge does. 

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On self-assessment

What’s the point of perfection if you never reach your full potential? A little sweat never hurt anybody.

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On speaking kindly

Personally, I have not forgotten a single nice thing someone has said to or about me, ever. If you need some ideas, try these 19 powerful kindness quotes that will stay with you.

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