Chinese quotes

By | 06.07.2022
chinese-quotes

不怕慢, 就怕站。
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Be not afraid of growing slowly, only of staying still. Chinese quotes and proverbs

风无常顺,兵无常胜。
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Wind isn’t always favorable; soldiers aren’t always victorious.

一个在床上吃饼干的男人醒来感觉很糟糕。
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A man who eats biscuits in his bed wakes up feeling terrible.

强龙难压地头蛇。
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Even a dragon struggles to control a snake in its native haunt.

学习是永远跟随主人的宝物。
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Learning is a treasure that always follows its owner.

一口吃不成胖子。
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To want to get fat with only one bite.

有情人终成眷属。
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People in love become spouses in the end.

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请教别人一次是五分钟的傻子,从不请教别人是一辈子的傻子。
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He who asks a question might be a fool for five minutes; he who doesn’t ask a question remains a fool forever.

有缘千里来相会。
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Fate has us meet from a thousand miles away.

一见钟情。
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Love at first sight.

化干戈为玉帛。
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Replace weapons with jade and silk.

有情饮水饱,无情食饭饥。
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With love water is enough; without love, food doesn’t satisfy.

活到老,学到老。
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Live till you’re old, and study till you’re old.

事实胜于雄辩。
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Facts beat eloquence

否极泰来.
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Peace replaces extreme evil.

欲速则不达。
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Haste is not enough.

万事开头难。
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Everything is difficult in the beginning.

握住你的手,和你一起变老。
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Hold your hand and grow old with you.

一言既出,驷马难追。
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A team of horses will struggle to chase down a spoken word.

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老骥伏枥,志在千里。
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An old warhorse in the stable still longs to gallop a thousand miles.

不入虎穴,焉得虎子?
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If you do not enter the tiger’s den, how will you get the tiger cub?

不当家,不知柴米贵。
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If you don’t manage a household, you wouldn’t know how expensive it is.

人不可貌相。
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Never judge people by their appearance.

情人眼里出西施。
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In the eyes of a lover, Xi Shi appears.

不作不死。
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If you don’t do stupid things you won’t end up in tragedy.

路遥知马力,日久见人心。
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As distance tests a horse’s strength, time reveals a person’s character.

桂林山水甲天下。
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Guilin’s scenery’s best on earth.

有其父必有其子。
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Where there is a father, there is a son.

吃得苦中苦,方为人上人。
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Enduring deepening pain is how man ascends.

一寸光阴一寸金,寸金难买寸光阴。
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An inch of time is worth an inch of gold, but an inch of gold may not buy an inch of time.

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家和万事兴
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If the family lives in harmony, all affairs will prosper.

失败是成功之母。
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Failure is the mother of success.

有情饮水饱,无情食饭饥。
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Having love, drinking water will fill you up, without love, eating food will leave you hungry.

惩前毖后。
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Punishing those who come before stops those who come after from doing something.

不能一口吃成胖子。
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You can’t get fat with one mouthful.

书是随身携带的花园。
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A book is a garden you carry around with you.

一个男人在电栅栏上小便将会得到令人震惊的消息。
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A man urinating on an electric fence will get shocking news.

一口吃不成胖子。
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You can’t get fat with only one mouthful.

情人眼里出西施。
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In a lover’s eye is the foremost Beauty.

愿得一人心,白首不相离。
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Long for a heart, never be apart.

爱屋及乌。
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Love the house with its crows

三思而后行。
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Think thrice before you act.

学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆。
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Learning without thought is deceptive; thought without learning is perilous.

星星之火,可以燎原。
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Starlight shines far.

冰冻三尺,非一日之寒。
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Freezing into three feet depth can’t be done in one day.

爱屋及乌。
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Love the house and its crow.

塞翁失马,焉知非福。
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Blessings come in disguise.

衣不如新,人不如故。
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Clothes are more cherishable when new, but relationships with people are more cherishable when old.

一日三秋。
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One day (seems like) three autumns.

此地无银三百两。
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This ground doesn’t have 300 taels of silver.

良药苦口。
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Good medicine tastes bitter.

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冰冻三尺,非一日之寒。
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Three feet of ice does not form in a single day.

捷足先登。
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A fast foot arrives first.

鸟在手胜过双鸟在林。
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One bird in the hand is better than two birds in a forest.

广交友,无深交。
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Numerous friends means no deep friendship.

家有敝帚,享之千金。
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Cherish a broom as if it was gold.

只要功夫深,铁杵磨成针。
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If you work hard enough at it, you can grind even an iron rod down to a needle.

爱不是占有,而是欣赏。
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Love isn’t about having, it’s about enjoying

百闻不如一见。
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Hearing a hundred times doesn’t compare to seeing once.

举案齐眉。
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Lifting the tray up to the eyebrows.

有理走遍天下,无理寸步难行。
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With truth on your side, you can go anywhere; without truth, you can’t take a tiny step.

小洞不补,大洞吃苦。
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If small holes aren’t fixed, then big holes will bring hardship.

道不同,不相为谋。
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Men of different principles don’t work well together.

龙飞凤舞。
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The dragonflies and the phoenix dances.

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冰冻三尺,非一日之寒。
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It takes more than one cold day for the river to freeze three feet deep.

生活有爱幸福,为爱生活愚蠢。
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Living with love is happy, but living for love is foolish.

三个臭皮匠,胜过诸葛亮。
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Three unskilled (“smelly”) cobblers are better than one Zhuge Liang.

人心齐,泰山移。
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When people work with one heart, they can even move Mount. Tai.

覆水难收。
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Spilt water can’t be gathered up.

当局者迷,旁观者清。
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The player is lost; the watcher is lucid.

欲速则不达。
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Haste will not get you anywhere.

家丑不可外扬。
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Family’s shames can’t be taken outside/be visible.

患难见真情。
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In hardship, we see true friendship.

读万卷书不如行万里路。
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It’s better to walk thousands of miles than to read thousands of books.

一日之计在于晨。
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A day’s planning is done at dawn.

执子之手,与子偕老。
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Hold hands with you, grow old with you.

有情人终成眷属。
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People in love will get married.

车水马龙。
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Carriages like a stream and horses like a dragon.

万事开头难。
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All things are difficult at the start.

凡人不可貌相, 海水不可斗量。
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Mortals are not to be judged by appearance, and the sea is not to be measured.

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哑巴吃饺子,心里有数。
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When a mute eats dumplings, he knows how many he has eaten.

十年树木,百年树人。
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Ten years to cultivate wood, a hundred years to cultivate a man.

凡人不可貌相, 海水不可斗量。
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Man cannot be judged by looks; seas cannot be measured by the cup.

姜还是老的辣。
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Aged ginger is spicier.

爱不释手。
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Love won’t let go of hand.

如坐针毡。
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Like sitting on a carpet of needles.

有情饮水饱,无情食饭饥。
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With love water is enough; without love, food doesn’t satisfy.

民以食为天。
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Food is the first priority of the people.

循序渐进。
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Follow the order to gradually move forward.

朋友的眼睛是最好的镜子。
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The best mirror is a friend’s eyes.

爱屋及乌。
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Love the house and its crow.

耳听为虚,眼见为实。
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What you hear may be false, what you see is true.

留得青山在,不怕没柴烧。
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While there are green hills, there’ll be wood to burn.

失败是成功之母。]
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Failure is the mother of success.

入乡随俗。
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Wherever you are, follow local customs.

笑一笑,十年少。
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A smile is the best remedy.

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情人眼里出西施。
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In a lover’s eye is the foremost Beauty.

兵不厌诈。
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Soldiers don’t hate deceit.

善有善报。
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Repay good with good.

但愿人长久,千里共婵娟。
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Wishing a person a long life, no matter how far away from the moon they are.

路遥知马力,日久见人心。
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As distance tests a horse’s strength, time can reveal a person’s heart.

不怕慢, 就怕停。
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Don’t be afraid of going slow, just be afraid of stopping/standing still.

只要功夫深,铁杵磨成针。
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It just needs hard work to grind an iron rod into a needle.

万事开头难。
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The first step is the hardest.

广交友,无深交。
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When you have a lot of friends, you don’t have any real friends.

顾左右而言他。
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Deliberately vague and deflective.

千军易得, 一将难求。
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It is easy to find a thousand soldiers, but hard to find a good general.

家和万事兴。
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If the family lives in harmony, all affairs will prosper.

吃得苦中苦,方为人上人。
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By enduring deep pain, people can ascend. (No pain, no gain.)

授人以鱼不如授人以渔。
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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

不入虎穴,焉得虎子。
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You cannot catch tiger cubs without entering the tiger’s lair.

几家欢喜几家愁。
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While some are happy, some are anxious.

不当家,不知柴米贵。
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One can’t tell the cost of the fuel and rice without being the head of the family.

今日事,今日毕。
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Today’s tasks are to be completed today.

水滴石穿,绳锯木断。
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Water drops pierce stone; rope saws cut wood.

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同病相怜。
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Those with the same illness commiserate with each other.

守得云开见月明。
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Watch till the clouds part to see the moonlight.

一口吃不成胖子。
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One mouthful will not make a fat man.

儿行千里母担忧。
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When children go far (lit. thousand li/500 km), mothers worry.

金窝,银窝,不如自家的狗窝。
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A poor man treasures his shack more than gold and silver mansions.

祸从口出。
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Disaster comes from the careless talk.

吃一堑,长一智。
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Eat one pit/moat, grow one wisdom.

人过留名,雁过留声。
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A person leaves a reputation, as a swallow leaves its call.

家家有本难念的经。
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Every family has its problems.

千里之行,始于足下
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A thousand-li journey starts with a footfall.

善有善报,恶有恶报。
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The good deeds pay good recompense and the evil pays back with evil.

千军易得, 一将难求。
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It’s easy to find a thousand troops, but a general is hard to find.

水满则溢。
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Water flows in to flow out.

万事俱备,只欠东风。
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Everything’s ready except the east wind.

萝卜青菜,各有所爱。
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Radishes and greens, each has those who love them.

木已成舟,生米煮成熟饭。
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The timber’s already a boat; the rice is cooked.

逆来顺受。
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When adversity comes, receive it favorably.

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熟能生巧。
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Experience can breed skill.

家丑不可外扬。
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Family shames must not be spread abroad.

青出于蓝而胜于蓝。
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Green is from blue, and better than blue.

蜡烛照亮别人,却毁灭了自己。
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A candle lights others and consumes itself.

种瓜得瓜。
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As you sow a melon, you should reap one.

留得青山在,不怕没柴烧。
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While there are green hills, there will be wood to burn.

麻雀虽小,五脏俱全。
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Small as it is, the sparrow has all the vital organs.

执子之手,与子偕老。
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Hold hands with you, grow old with you.

人逢喜事精神爽。
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A happy occasion gladdens the spirit.

当我看着你,我看到我的未来岁月在我的眼
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When I look at you, I see the rest of my life in front of my eyes.

冰冻三尺,非一日之寒。
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It takes more than one cold day for a river to freeze a meter deep.

师父领进门,修行在个人。
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Teachers open the doors, but you enter by yourself.

英雄所见略同。
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The heroes think the same.

一举两得。
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Two benefits from one action.

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家家有本难念的经。
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Every family has its own issues.

今日事,今日毕。
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Today’s task is for today to complete.

守得云开见月明。
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Watch till clouds part to see the moonlight.

一日之计在于晨。
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The plan of the day should be done in the morning/dawn.

儿孙自有儿孙福。
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Children and grandchildren will have their own children and grandchildren.

萝卜青菜,各有所爱。
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Each turnip loves something different.

听君一席话,胜读十年书。
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Listening to a lord’s remarks is better than reading books for ten years.

机不可失,时不再来。
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Don’t miss opportunities: time doesn’t come round again.

在天愿作比翼鸟,在地愿为连理枝。
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Birds flying in the sky as one; branches growing on the earth as one.

不能一口吃成胖子。
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You can’t get fat with one mouthful.

用一个筷子吃饭的人是饿的。
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Those who eat with one chopstick will stay hungry.

入乡随俗。
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When entering a locality follow the local customs.

儿行千里母担忧。
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When children travel far, mothers worry.

授人以鱼不如授之以渔。
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Giving a man a fish is not equal to teaching him how to fish.

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