Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Some Proverbs

Add legs to the snake after you have finished drawing it.

After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.

An ant may well destroy a whole dam.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Behind an able man there are always other able men.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.

Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

A book holds a house of gold.

Butcher the donkey after it finished his job on the mill.

A camel standing amidst a flock of sheep.

Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.

A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood

A crane standing amidst a flock of chickens.

Crows everywhere are equally black.

A dish of carrot hastily cooked may still has soil uncleaned off the vegetable.

Dismantle the bridge shortly after crossing it.

Distant water won't help to put out a fire close at hand.

Distant water won't quench your immediate thirst.

Do not employ handsome servants.

Do not want others to know what you have done? Better not have done it anyways.

Donkey's lips do not fit onto a horse's mouth.

A dog won't forsake his master because of his poverty; a son never deserts his mother for her homely appearance.

Dream different dreams while on the same bed.

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