35 Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success

Updated: November 16, 2016 / Home » Tumblr Quotes on Love & Life

Known as the only surviving ancient civilization, the Chinese society is the only surviving culture from the ancient times unlike her peers such as Egyptian and Romans, where modern Egyptian and Roman no longer speak or follow their ancient customs and language. As the saying goes, wisdom does not come with age. Simply being the oldest and only surviving civilization does not mean a thriving civilization now and forever. Ironically, it is the newer civilization or countries such as England, America, Germany, Israel and others that are leading the world in language, culture, technology and science.

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Having said that, all civilization contributed something to today’s modern world. Some more, some less. No such thing as if it wasn’t for the contribution of X civilization, today’s modern world would not have existed, it is a collective effort by all civilization. Without further ado, here are 35 Chinese proverbs, quotes and sayings.

You discover who you are by acting naturally. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
You discover who you are by acting naturally.

Your teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Your teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Distance tests a horse's strength. Time reveals a person's character. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Distance tests a horse’s strength. Time reveals a person’s character.

Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.

If you plan for one year, plant rice. If you plan for ten years, plant trees, If you  plan for 100 years, educate mankind. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
If you plan for one year, plant rice. If you plan for ten years, plant trees, If you  plan for 100 years, educate mankind.

A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month's study of books. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.

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When you say one thing, the clever person understands three.
When you say one thing, the clever person understands three.

The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.

Silence is a source of great strength. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Silence is a source of great strength.

If you survived a storm, you won't be bothered by the rain.
If you survived a storm, you won’t be bothered by the rain.

When anger arises, think of the consequences. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
When anger arises, think of the consequences.

The glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
The glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall.

Do not impose others what yourself do not desire. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Do not impose others what yourself do not desire.

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

A wise man makes his own decisions. An ignorant man follows public opinion. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
A wise man makes his own decisions. An ignorant man follows public opinion.

Do not afraid of moving slowly. Be afraid of standing still. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Do not afraid of moving slowly. Be afraid of standing still.

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

The best fighter is never angry. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
The best fighter is never angry.

Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold.

If your mind is strong, all difficult things will become easy. If your mind is weak, all easy things will become difficult. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
If your mind is strong, all difficult things will become easy. If your mind is weak, all easy things will become difficult.

A journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
A journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step.

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involves me and I'll understand. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involves me and I’ll understand.

The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

When the winds of change blows, some people build walls and others build windmills. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
When the winds of change blows, some people build walls and others build windmills.

he who asks is a fool for 5 minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
he who asks is a fool for 5 minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

A man who chases two rabbits catches neither. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
A man who chases two rabbits catches neither.

He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.

Don't fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Don’t fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you.

he who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
he who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.

Opportunities don't just happen, you create them. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Opportunities don’t just happen, you create them.

Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up. Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success
Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.


4 comments on “35 Ancient Chinese Proverbs and Quotes on Love, Life, Wisdom, Knowledge and Success

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    YiJiun [ Reply ]

    As the saying goes, wisdom does not come with age. Neither does it come with arrogance. :)

    There’s this Chinese saying, “学好三年,学坏三天”, meaning that it takes 3 years of good harvests to fill granaries but just 3 days of downpour to flood them. As the Chinese goes, “If you survived a Storm, you won’t be bothered by the Rain.”

    Why has the Chinese Civilization been relatively versatile:
    “The Glory is NOT in NEVER FALLING, but in Rising EVERYTIME you FALL.”
    “Failure is NOT FALLING DOWN, but REFUSING to Get UP.”

    In Darwinian Theory of Evolution, “Survival of the FITTEST” is translated into Chinese as “Survival of the ADAPTABLE”.

    To quote Isaac Newton, the icon of the Renaissance Age, knew all too well: “If I have seen Further than others, it is by standing upon the Shoulders of GIANTS.” :)

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    YiJiun [ Reply ]

    Meaningful quotes with nicely designed backgrounds though I would like to point out a minor area for improvement: “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. me and I’ll understand.” :)

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    Sabastine Anieke [ Reply ]

    if u want to understand the importance of Confucius in Chinese history, The Emperor’s Tomb can provide a little answer

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    hussein paul [ Reply ]

    it wonderful going through this quotes

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