This time, we are going to study some Chinese proverbs about Work. The Chinese people have accumulated many vivid proverbs that are thought-provoking and which reflect the attitude and point-of-view of the Chinese towards work. May they inspire and stimulate everyone to work hard and, as a result of this, live well.
(Jīnrì shì，jīnrì bì.)
Never put off what you can do today for tomorrow.
If you can finish your work for today, then do so.
(Yì kǒu chī bù chénɡ pànɡzi)
One meal won’t make a fat man.
Rome was not built in one day.
It takes time, effort, and consistency to get things done, not just an action done once.
(Sānbǎi liùshí hánɡ，hánɡhánɡ chū zhuànɡyuɑn.)
Among three hundred and sixty trades, every profession produces its own top experts.
There are experts for all skills.
(Shuō qiān dào wàn，bùrú zuòshì yíjiàn.)
Doing is better than talking on and on, stating one’s own points.
(Yǒuzhìzhě，shì jìnɡ chénɡ.)
Where there is a will there is a way.
If you are serious about getting something done, you will find a way.
(shìshàng wú nánshì，zhǐ pà yǒuxīn rén.)
Nothing is impossible to a willing mind.
Almost the same as “有志者，事竟成”, where if you really want to do something, you will find the willpower and ways to do it.
(Qiǎofù nán wéi wúmǐ zhī chuī.)
Nobody can accomplish anything without the necessary means.
To get your work done, you will need the proper tools and resources.
(Bèn rén xiān qǐshēn，bèn niǎo zǎo chūlín.)
He who is clumsy needs to start early.
If you don’t know how to get your work done, you’ll need to start as soon as possible to learn how to do it properly and finish the job.
(Qiānlǐ zhī xínɡ，shǐ yú zú xià.)
A journey of a thousand li begins by taking the first step.
The greatest things have the smallest beginnings.
(Zhònɡrén shíchái huǒyàn ɡāo.)
Many hands make light work.
When everybody adds fuel, the flames rise high.
When many people work together, the job gets done faster and it is easier for everyone.
(Shú nénɡ shēnɡ qiǎo)
Practice makes perfect.
(Gàn yìhánɡ，ài yìhánɡ.)
Love whatever job one takes up (because if you love your work, you will not only do it well, you will enjoy it).
Hope this helps you with your studies, and that these proverbs also give you a greater appreciation and understanding about doing your work well.
(Jīnwō, yínwō, bùrú zìjiā de ɡǒuwō.)
East to west, home is best.
(Jiā hé wànshì xīnɡ.)
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
(Jiā jiā yǒu běn nán niàn de jīnɡ.)
There is a skeleton in every house.
Every family has some issues or problems which it can’t solve.
(Qīnɡɡuān nán duàn jiāwùshì.)
Even an upright official can’t gudge the trouble in a family.
(Yǒu qí fù，bì yǒu qí zǐ.)
Like father, like son.
(Érsūn zì yǒu érsūn fú.)
Grandchildren will have their own fortune.
(Jiā yǒu bìzhǒu, xiǎnɡ zhī qiānjīn.)
Cherish a bad broom as if it were a thousand ounces of gold.
Cherish something of little value because it is one’s own.
(Kè qín yú bānɡ，kè jiǎn yú jiā.)
Be Hard-working in your state, be prudent and economical in your home.
(Bù dānɡjiā，bùzhī chái mǐ ɡuì.)
One can’t tell the cost of the fuel and rice without being the head of family.
He who takes charge of the family knows the responsibility.
(Jiāchǒu bù kě wài yánɡ.)
Do not wash your dirty linen in public.
It’s an ill bird that fouls its own nest.
Even with just these ten Chinese sayings about family, you can already see how much the family is valued in China. In fact, if you thoroughly study Chinese proverbs and sayings, whether they are about family or something else, you can not only discover a lot about what is valued and important in Chinese culture, you can not only improve your Chinese language skills and vocabulary, you will also learn important principles and lessons in life from the collective historical wisdom of the Chinese people.
(lù yáo zhī mă lì, rì jiŭ jiàn rén xīn.)
Just as distance tests a horse’s strength, time can reveal a person’s heart.
This proverb tells us that time tries all. So do not give a subjective assertion on anything blindly. Just let your cognition grow as time goes on.
The wisdom of Chinese traditional culture doesn’t only reflect on the material civilization. The spiritual civilization is also splendid. Inventions and creations change our life and make miracles, and through these practice, the working people of previous generations obtain a lot of experience about life. Then they summarized them as proverbs, which have been widely circulated among people from long long ago. Sometimes we need these wise sayings to guide us in real life. When we get into trouble we can also draw inspiration from the proverbs about life.
So in this article, we will introduce ten Chinese proverbs about life, which are educative for us. I hope that you can gather pleasure, knowledge and experience from them.
(yìkŏu chī bù chéng pàngzi.)
One meal won’t make a fat man.
It means that you can’t build up the constitution on one mouthful. Nobody could get instant benefits, and success comes from the regular accumulation.
(bīng dòng sānchĭ, fēi yírì zhī hán.)
It takes more than one cold day for the river to freeze three feet deep.
There is a proverb in English which is universally known: “Rome was not built in a day.” The meaning of these two proverbs is exactly the same. So keep on working hard and be stick to it. Long-term efforts can contribute to achievement.
(yī bù rú xīn, rén bù rú gù.)
Clothing is cherishable when new, but relationship when old.
It tells us that we should cherish those people around us. So please be aware that how important the old friends are and if it is possible, try to reconnect with them.
(yóu jiăn rù shē yì, yóu shē rù jiăn nán.)
It is easy to you to adapt it if your living condition ascends from economical to luxurious; conversely, that becomes hard.
Life contains many ups and downs, no one can go smoothly. So we should keep a gentle attitude to life. No matter in what kind of living condition, developing a good habit of thrift is necessary. Only in this way can you respond to changes in life calmly.
(zhĭyào gōngfu shēn, tiě chŭ mó chéng zhēn.)
If you work hard enough at it, you can grind even an iron rod down to a needle.
It means that constant dropping will wear away a stone. So be patient with any issue, and persistent efforts can solve any problem.
(yòng rén bù yí, yí rén bú yòng.)
Do not choose the one you don’t trust and trust the one you chose.
If you are suspicious of somebody, do not employ them or make friends with them, for the doubt between you will lead more troubles. But if you have chosen them as working partners or friends, please give them your basic respect and trust, thus you can establish favorable and harmonious interpersonal relationship.
(rén bù kě mào xiàng.)
Never judge a person by his appearance.
It presents the same meaning as “never judge a book by its cover”.
(jiāng háishì lăo de là.)
Aged ginger is more pungent.
It means that the older, the wiser. So you’d better not close your ears to the elders, or you may be suffer losses.
(ěr tīng wéi xǖ, yăn jiàn wéi shí.)
What you hear about may be false; what you see is true.
This proverb tells us that we’d better not believe rumors easily. It’s more reliable if we could verify it by ourselves.
These above Chinese proverbs about life just show us a restricted view of the wisdom of Chinese people. By learning these Chinese old sayings, I believe that you could get resonance. Because these proverbs present not only Chinese culture and view of value, but also life philosophy which could make sense in the whole world.
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Source: Learning Chinese/Wuyi University Library