Quotations from Chinese Classics


Lao Zi


Yi Jing


Give a fish to a man; he has food for a day.
Teach a man to fish; he learns a skill for life.

Fan Li



Under an overturned nest, can there be unbroken eggs?



Like Weather, one's fortune may change by the evening.

Luu Mengzheng - Song Dynasty




Learn without thinking begets ignorance.
Think without learning is dangerous.

Confucius - Lun Yu Chap. 2


With a heavy load and a long journey

Lunyu - Confucius


Help one another, for we are all in the same boat.


Running a large country is like cooking a small fish.

Chap.60, DaoDeJing by Lao Zi


Everyone eats and drinks; yet only few appreciate the taste of food.

Doctrine of Mean, 4.2 by Confucius


To worry before the common people worries;
To enjoy only after the people can enjoy.

Yueyanglou by Fan Zhongyan


People with virtue must speak out;
People who speak are not all virtuous.

Chap.14, Analect ( Lun Yu ) - Confucius


Love at First Sight
Yi Jian Zhong Qing


What you do not wish upon yourself,
extend not to others.

Analect ( Lun Yu ) - Confucius 15:24 and 12:5



Never seek illicit wealth

Book of Rites ( Liji ) - Confucius


Never hesitate to ask a lesser person.



"Past scholars studied to improve themselves;
Today's scholars study to impress others."



Utopia according to Thomas More

Utopia (Tatong) according to Confucius


If you know, recognize that you know,
If you don't know, then realize that you don't know:
That is knowledge.


True knowledge is when one knows the limitations of one's knowledge.


He who depends on himself will attain the the greatest happiness

Book of Odes


Respect the gods and the devils
but keep them at a distance

Confucius Lunyu 6-22


Justice for All in the World



The Master said:
  "In learning and straightway practising is there not pleasure also?
   When friends gather round from afar do we not rejoice?
   Whom lack of fame cannot vex is not he a gentleman?"

-Chap.1, LunYu 


With strength to lift mountains and spirit to take on the World

Xiang Yu


Every tree and every blade of grass appears to be enemy soldiers.



Make My Home Everywhere within the Four Seas
The World Is My Home
(The World is My Oyster)

Xiao He to the Emperor (Han Dynasty)


Life is finite,
While knowledge is infinite.

Zhuang Zi


The World is Large -
Its beauty indescrible.

Zhuang Zi


Since the dawn of time every one will die,
Let the history books note my death with loyalty at heart.

Wen Tianxiang


All men are brothers


Rise and fall of a nation rests with every one of its citizens


Man Lost His Horse; Is His Luck Bad?


Old Horse Knows the Way

- Story by Han Fei Zi 


Like burying one's head in the sand

- Story  


Women can hold up half the sky

- Mao Zedong


Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it's a good cat

-Deng Xiaoping 


Without going outside, you may know the whole world!

-Chap. 47, DaoDeJing 
Lao Zi [Lao Tze] 


Every child born, has innate goodness.

-Line 1, Three Word Essay 


"The sky is falling!", so worries the man from Ji

- Story by LieZi 


Mencius' Mother Moves Her Home Three Times
to better her son's education




Yueh Fei's Mother tattooed these words on her son's back.

- Story 


I dreamt I was a Butterfly

- Story of Zhuang Zi 


Self Contradiction!

- Story of Spear and Shield 


Give me liberty, or give me death!

- Patrick Henry, 1775

I'd rather die for speaking out,
than to live and be silent.

- Fan Zhongyan, 988-1052


Can do!


Let's put our heads together for the benefit of all


Live in peace tho' living away from home


Seeing it once is better than being told 100 times.
bai wen bu ru yi jian

Ref. - Zhou Chongguo, Han Dynasty

A picture is worth ten thousand words

By Fred Barnard (American), March 10,1927,
and often mis-quoted as
an old Chinese proverb.


Set the goal too high and way off!


An inch of time is an inch of gold.
But an inch of gold can't buy an inch of time.


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Ban Chao - Hou Han Shu


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