The pen is mightier than the sword.
To live is to make others lead better lives.
Adversity always exists, while life is to advance.
Life is not complete without risks.
No matter how excellent you are, there are always a lot of challenges for you to face.
Years bring wisdom.
When my heart is at peace, my world is at peace.
You are not beaten until you give up.
One has a mind as open as a valley; be vey modest; be extremely open-minded.
One draws a snake and adds feet to it; ruin the effect by adding something not necessary.
One rides a tiger and finds it hard to get off; having no way to back down; irrevocably commited.
One feels at home wherever one is; one goes with the flow; one acts according to the circumstances.
One trims one’s sails; one takes one’s cue from changing conditions.
show the horse leg; give the whole show away on the spot.
One teaches a fish to swim. One plays tricks with his big knife in front of General Kuang Kong. (Note: In many Buddhist temples, there is the famous Kuang Kong standing by the entrance door.)
Wading in deep water and treading on thin ice; with extra caution and care.
There are bad ones among the good people; and good ones among the bad people.
To repay dripping-water-like kindness with springing water; to repay minor assistance received with great gift.
Turn swords into plowshared; turn hostility into friendship.
The sea of suffering seemed no bounds, repent and the shore is at hand.
Cut the thread of unhealthy love with the sword of wisdom.
Look for a bone in an egg; look for a flaw where there is none.
Even fowls and dogs are not being disturbed; peace and tranquility.
The lucky star shines bright.
A thief in the family is difficult to detect.
Stick in a pin wherever there’s room; make use of every bit of time or space.
If one remains calm upon seeing strange things, the strangeness will do no harm.
Face the fearful with no fear, and its fearfulness disappears.
Turn someone’s trick against himself; beat someone at his own game.
In order to take, one must first give; give first in order to take.
Judge other people’s feelings with one’s own; compare one’s own feeling with others’.
Let one who tied the bell on the tiger take it off; whoever started the trouble should undo it.
The well water does not intrude into the river water; None may encroach upon the territory of another.
The combined strength of nine bulls and two tigers; tremendous efforts.
A prolonged illness makes the patient a good doctor.
Better save one life than build a seven-story pagoda.
Open the door and see the mountain; come straight to the point; declare one’s intention right at the very beginning.
An empty hole invites the wind; weakness lends wings to rumors.
The future is yet for oneself to shape.
Youth is the season of hope.
An old horse knows the way; an old hand is a good guide.
Set up a pole and see its shadow; get instant results.
Make tremendous efforts to push back the strong waves; do one’s best to save a dangerous situation.
A good book is a great friend.
Know something thoroughly like the palm of one’s own hand; have something at one’s fingertips.
Pure gold proves its quality in a blazing fire; people of worth show their characters during trials and hardship.
Stand on the edge of a pool and idly long for fish; impractical steps toward one’s goals.
Snatch food from the dragon’s mouth; harvesting before the storm comes.
Dragons rising and tigers leaping; a scene of bustling activity.
A dragon’s pool and tiger’s den; a dangerous spot.
At whose hand will the deer die; who will win the prize, or gain supremacy.
As distance tests a horse’s strength, so time reveals a person’s heart.
Cross a dangerous pass as easily as walking on level ground; handle a crisis without difficulty.
The arrival of a horse brings a success; win success immediately upon arrival.
The ants can move the giant Mountai Tai; the united efforts of the masses can accomplish mighty projects.
One loses by pride and gains by modesty.
Satisfy one’s thirst by thinking of plums; console oneself with imagination.
On festive, happy occasions more than ever we think of our dear ones afar.
One being kept inside a drum; one being kept in the dark and not aware of the secret.
One who was lost has found his way back home; one realizes one’s errors and mends one’s way.
Rice is as precious as pearls and firewood as costly as cassia (laurel); extremely high cost of living.
Dense clouds but no rain; the trouble is brewing.
A needle hidden in silk floss; a merciless character behind a gentle appearance (face).
Hide a dagger in a smile; with evil intention behind one’s smiles.
Go deep into the mountain, knowing well that there are tigers there; go on undeterred by the dangers ahead.
One will never forget even when one loses all one’s teeth; remember for the rest of one’s life.
Man proposes, Heaven disposes.
One should be flexible, be able to advance or retreat; to grasp it and to let it go when necessary.
Rather go without than have something of poor quality; put quality before quantity.
Rather be a piece of the shattered vase of good jade than be a part of the unbroken pottery; better to die in glory than live in dishonor.
A cow’s head does not match a horse’s mouth; things not in harmony or agreement.
Climb on a dragon and stay close to a phoenix; play up to people of power and influence; seek connections in high places.
The gigantic bird roc’s flight of ten thousand miles; have a bright future.
Sharp tools make good work.
Sometimes the best gain is to lose.
Sow nothing, reap nothing.
Take things as they come; take time when time comes.
Talk of the devil and he’ll appear.
The best fish swims near the bottom.
Take the whole into consideration, but do the job bit by bit.
Break through brambles and chop off thorns; cleave a path through the jungle; remove difficulties and clear away obstacles in one’s way.
Under the canopy of the moon and the stars; work or travel night and day.
An ant trying to topple a giant tree; ridiculously over-rating one’s own capability.
With the skin gone, what can the hair adhere to? A thing cannot exist without its basis; everthing co-exists with everything else.
Every man has a share of the responsibility for the fate of his country.
Smoothly walk up to the blue clouds; rapid advancement in one’s career; have a meteoric rise.
Correct the mistake if you have made any, and guard against it if you have not.
Expect a horse to run fast and yet you won’t feed it; eat someone’s cake and have it too.
After considering one thousand times, a fool gains the insight; even a fool occasionally hits on a good idea.
Dragon and fish jumbled together; good and bad people mixed up.
Pass off fish eyes as pearls; pass off the sham as the genuine.
Ask a tiger for its skin; request someone to act against his own interests.
Compete with the rays of the sun and the moonlight; equal the sun and the moon in glory.
A piece of jade has no shape (or use) if not carved; one cannot become skillful without learning.
Jade and stone burned together; destruction of the good and bad alike at the same time.
Greed is like a valley that can never be filled.
Ascend to another story high to have a sight of a thousand of miles away; to improve and promote oneself as much as one can.
The more one tries to hide, the more one is exposed; try to cover up a misdeed, only to make it more conspicious.
The difference between cloud and mud; great difference in social standing.
At home one relies on one’s parents, and outside relies on one’s friends.
It’s always the other mountain that looks higher; one is never happy where one is.
Real gold fears no fire; a person of integrity can stand severe tests.
Know that something is so, but not why is so. Know the hows, but not the whys.
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a month, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.
Seize the day, seize the hour, and seize every minute; race against the time.