An hour of time is like an
ounce of gold,
but an ounce of gold cannot buy an hour of time.
Learning is like sailing a
boat against the current,
it must forge ahead or it will be driven back.
If one does not make great
effort in her/his youth,
s/he will regret it in her/his old age.
If enough effort is made,
a steel post can be ground into a needle.
If you want to walk a hundred
miles, ninety is only half way.
The journey of a thousand
miles starts from beneath your feet.
Thirty is to be independent;
forty is to have no doubt;
fifty is to know heaven's arrangement;
and sixty is to be able to listen to everyone.
- Confucian Analects
Juveniles should not laugh
at white hairs,
flowers only blossom for a few years.
People climb upwards, water
Nothing is too difficult if
you put your heart into it.
Everything is most difficult
in the beginning.
To deliver a goose feather
a thousand miles,
the gift is light but the thought has heavy weight.
Receiving a small kindness
like a drop of water,
returning it in a great deal is like a torrent.
A thousand glasses of wine
are not enough when bosom friends meet;
half a sentence is too much when disagreeable people chat.
Rather quarrel with a sensible
person than speak a word with a fool.
Listen to his words but watch
Where there is no foresight,
there are worries.
Distance tests the strength
of the horse;
time tests the sincerity of the heart.
A farmer lost his horse, but
how do you know that this isn't good fortune?
Gold cannot be exchanged for
the return of the prodigal.
You will not lose anything
that belongs to you;
you will not gain anything that does not belong to you.
The only way to make others
not to know it is not to do it.
It is better to have a skill
than to have a million dollars in your pocket.
A fall into the pit, a gain
in your wit.
Diligence is the shortcut
in the path of learning;
studying is like sailing a boat in the sea without seeing the coast.
Regret not having read more
when knowledge was necessary;
not knowing a difficulty without experiencing it.
One monk fetches water to
two monks carry water to drink;
three monks have no water to drink.
(Meaning: people tend to shirk responsibilities)
Good advice jars on the ears
but benefits the deeds;
good medicine tastes bitter but cures the disease.
Eat the bitterest of the bitterest,
reach the highest of the highest.
(Experience the worst of the worst, then become the best of the best.)
The old woman who sells her
melons must praise their sweetness.
The buyer can never be as
smart as the seller.
Paper cannot wrap fire.
No wave without wind.
No wall without a crack.
Snow falling on the cedars,
the cedars stand more upright.
The ice frozen three feet
deep is not due to one day's cold.
To gain, you must yield; to
grasp, let go; to win, lose (Daoist doctrine).
The poor who live in the busiest
streets have no one ask after;
the rich who live in the deep forests have lots of distant relations.
The boat will naturally turn
straight when it hits the bridge.
Within the seas, we have bosom
over the skies, we are like neighbors.
The broad oceans let the fish
the high skies allow the birds to fly freely.
May your good fortune be as
vast as the East Sea;
may your longevity match that of the South Mountain.
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