List of Chinese Philosophical Proverbs

Eternity in an Hour

~ Mansions in the Mountain by Tung Yuan

  1. Present to the eye, present to the mind.
  2. Misfortune comes to all men and most women.
  3. Misfortune is not that which can be avoided, but that which cannot.
  4. Poor by condition, rich by ambition.
  5. When a man is angry, he cannot be in the right.
  6. Sin is the root of sorrow.
  7. Pretty face, poor fate.
  8. Shame fades in the morning, but debts remain from day to day.
  9. Preserve the old, but know the new.
  10. When you go to buy, don’t show your silver.
  11. Keep company with good men, and good men you’ll imitate; keep company with beggars, and sleep outside some gate.
  12. Never be boastful; someone may pass who knew you as a child.
  13. Men whose consciences are clear, of a knock at midnight have no fear.
  14. Though stone were changed to gold, the heart of man would not be satisfied.
  15. Vast…

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