40 Inspirational Chinese Proverbs On Life & Success

40 Inspirational Chinese Proverbs On Life & Success

Chinese Proverbs are full of so much wisdom. May these quotes inspire you to improve yourself and your life so that you may be successful.

1. “A man grows most tired while standing still.” Chinese Proverb

2. “Dig the well before you are thirsty.” Chinese Proverb

3. “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” Chinese Proverb

4. “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” Chinese Proverb

5. “Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. involve me, I understand.” Chinese Proverb

6. “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.” Confucius

7. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” Chinese Proverb

8. “The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” Lao Tzu

9. “To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish.” Chinese Proverb

10. “If your mind is strong, all difficult things will become easy; if your mind is weak, all easy things will become difficult.” Chinese Proverb

11. “Every child born has innate goodness.” Chinese Proverb

12. “Often one finds one’s destiny just where one hides to avoid it.” Chinese Proverb

13. “If you always give, you will always have.” Chinese Proverb

14. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Chinese Proverb

15. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Confucius

16. “He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.” Chinese Proverb

17. “We count our miseries carefully, and accept our blessings without much thought.” Chinese Proverb

18. “If you plan for one year, plant rice. If you plan for ten years, plant trees. If you plan for 100 years, educate mankind.” Chinese Proverb

19. “Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.” Chinese Proverb

20. “Be not afraid of growing slowly; Be afraid only of standing still.” Chinese Proverb

21. “A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.” Chinese Proverb

22. “Outside noisy, inside empty.” Chinese Proverb

23. “True knowledge is when one knows the limitations of one’s knowledge.” Chinese Proverb

24. “A bad word worshipped will echo a hundred miles.” Chinese Proverb

25. “A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.” Chinese Proverb

26. “A bird does not sing because he has the answer to something, he sings because he has a song.” Chinese Proverb

27. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese Proverb

28. “To understand your parents love you must raise children yourself.” Chinese Proverb

29. “If your face is ugly, you can’t blame the mirror.” Chinese Proverb

30. “The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.” Xun Kuang

31. “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” Chinese Proverb

32. “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” Chinese Proverb

33. “An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet.” Chinese Proverb

34. “The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.” Chinese Proverb

35. “He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.” Chinese Proverb

36. “Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb

37. “Control your emotions or they will control you.” Chinese Proverb

38. “All things are difficult before they are easy.” Chinese Proverb

39. “Man’s schemes are inferior to those made by heaven.” Chinese Proverb

40. “Your teacher can open the door but you must enter by yourself.” Chinese Proverb

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  1. A beautiful collection of proverbs –
    I am a retired teacher seeking inspirational quotes.
    Thank you Asad Meah….God bless you!

  2. It’s really a nice to begin it with a positive thoughts, and challenging to live by at least for the day and get involved this in your actions! The key to remember is share with the very next person you meet. Thanks Fella For your creative work!

  3. Those who challenge the Heaven must first be ready to face Hell.

    Those who dare to fly must first be ready to meet the ground.

  4. Hi Asad, I found this blog a little while back and just did a podcast episode repeating these 40 Chinese proverbs in honour of Chinese New Year 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve linked your blog post in both my blog and in the show notes my podcast show, The Happiness Approach. Wishing you all the best and thanks for taking the time to bring value into peoples’ lives, keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Hi Pooja, I’m glad that you like the Proverbs.
      Thanks for linking back to my site.
      I will check it out.
      Keep up the great work!

  5. Asad Meah, Hello from Orlando Florida USA. I am working on a speech about Chinese Culture and I found your website. I love the proverbs. There is so much truth in these. They are very inspirational. I, too, love to learn and learn and learn. It keeps me alive to learn.

  6. Hi Asad,

    Love the wisdom shining from these proverbs. Was just wondering if you also had them in traditional Chinese characters. I understand a little Mandarin and would love to hear them in their original form as I have a son who can read them for me.


    • Hi Evan, glad you enjoyed the Proverbs.
      No, I do not have them in traditional Chinese at the moment,
      will add a translation functionality in the near future.

  7. Outstanding quotes! This was some fresh air and a piece of mind! I like what you stand for as well. I can relate. We need more of this! Keep it up

  8. Splendid. No other words to express my happiness after reading your wise proverbs.
    Thank you for the profound staff…

  9. Dear Sir,
    Proverbs are GEMS of human life and inspire us to relate wisdom, truth, and facts.
    Collection and sharing of proverbs are equivalent to teaching , a great profession, invokes great respect.

  10. This is a real strong and powerful inspiration, that have changed my life and my way, I have joyed with this future.

  11. Dear Asad, your wish will be fulfilled Keep on getting the knowledge to wake-up the minds.this is the BEST JOB YOU SELECTED,I shall admire the same happiness in your success.


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