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List of proverbs (諺語) with Chinese translation:
  1. A bad penny always comes back. 惡有惡報。
  2. A beggar pays a benefit with a louse. 以怨報德。
  3. A book that is shut, is but a block. 開卷有益。
  4. A burnt child dreads the fire. 一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井繩。
  5. A clear conscience is like a coat of mail. 平生不做虧心事,夜半敲門心不驚。
  6. A contented mind is a perpetual feast. 知足常樂。
  7. A crooked stick will have a crooked shadow. 上樑不正下樑歪。
  8. A crow is never the whiter for washing herself often. 江山易改,本性難移。
  9. A deceitful peace is more hurtful than an open war. 明槍易躲,暗箭難防。
  10. A fair face may hide a foul heart. 人面獸心。
  11. A fair woman without virtue is like palled wine. 美女無德如酒無味。
  12. A fool’s bolt is soon shot. 黔驢技窮。
  13. A fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. 話多者蠢。
  14. A friend in need is a friend indeed. 患難見真情。
  15. A great tree attracts the wind. 樹大招風。
  16. A good book is a light to the soul. 一本好書是靈魂之光。
  17. A good conscience is a safe pillow. 良心清白,安枕無憂。
  18. A guilty conscience needs no accuser. 多行不義必自斃。
  19. A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. 小不忍則亂大謀。
  20. A hard beginning makes a good ending. 先苦後甘。
  21. A hedge between keeps friendship green. 君子之交淡如水。
  22. A honey tongue, a heart of gall. 口蜜腹劍。
  23. A little body often harbors a great soul. 偉大的靈魂常寓於短小的驅體。
  24. A little help is worth a deal of pity. 濟弱扶困勝於同情。
  25. A little learning is a dangerous thing. 一知半解,危險之至。
  26. A little pot is soon hot. 人窮志短。
  27. A little spark may kindle a great fire. 星星之火可燎原。
  28. A little wariness prevents great weariness. 小心駛得萬年船。
  29. A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. 一個光說不做的人好像一個花園,裏面長滿都是野草。
  30. A miss is as good as a mile. 失之毫釐,差之千里。
  31. A pin a day is a groat a year. 聚沙成塔。
  32. A poor man's tale cannot be heard. 人微言輕。
  33. A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder. 平生不做虧心事,夜半敲門心不驚。
  34. A reformed rake makes the best husband. 浪子回頭金不換。
  35. A rolling stone gathers no moss. 滾石不成苔。
  36. A small leak will sink a great ship. 牽一髮,動全身。
  37. A straw shows which way the wind blows. 見微知著。
  38. A thief passes for a gentleman when thieving has made him rich. 成者為王,敗者為寇。
  39. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. 美的事物是永恆的喜悅。
  40. A wild goose never laid a tame egg. 強將手下無弱兵。
  41. A word before is worth two behind. 千金難買早知道。
  42. A word is enough to the wise. 智者一點就明。
  43. A word spoken is an arrow let fly. 一言既出,駟馬難追。
  44. A young idler, an old beggar. 少壯不努力,老大徒傷悲。
  45. Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones. 離別削減小愛,卻增添大愛。
  46. Absence is mother of disillusion. 疏離是覺悟之母。
  47. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. 小別勝新婚。
  48. Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. 相聚愛益切,離別情更深。
  49. Action is the proper fruit of knowledge. 行動是知識的卓越果實。
  50. Advice when most needed is least heeded. 忠言逆耳。
  51. After black clouds, clear weather. 守得雲開見月時。
  52. All are not thieves that dogs bark at. 人不可貌相,海不可斗量。
  53. All cats are grey in the dark. 貓在黑暗中通通都是灰色的。
  54. All good things must come to an end. 天下無不散之筵席。
  55. All is well that ends well. 吉人自有天相。
  56. All lay loads on a willing horse. 人善被人欺,馬善被人騎。
  57. All that glitters is not gold. 金玉其外,敗絮其中。
  58. All things are difficult before they are easy. 萬事起頭難。
  59. Ambition loses many a man. 野心使許多人失敗。
  60. Ambition makes people diligent. 雄心使人勤勉。
  61. An enemy may chance to give good counsel. 敵人也可能給人好的忠告。
  62. An eye for an eye, and we will all go blind. 以牙還牙。
  63. An ill beginning, an ill ending. 不善始者不善終。
  64. An uncut gem goes not sparkle. 玉不琢,不成器。
  65. Anger and haste hinder good counsel. 小不忍則亂大謀。
  66. Anger is the cause of sin. 憤怒乃犯罪之因。
  67. Apparel makes the man. 人靠衣裳,馬靠鞍裝。
  68. Appearances are deceptive. 外表是靠不住的。
  69. As a man lives, so shall he die. 有生必有死。
  70. As well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb. 一不做二不休。
  71. As you make your bed, so you must lie on it. 自作自受。
  72. As you sow, so shall you reap. 種豆得豆,種瓜得瓜。
  73. At birth we bring nothing; at death we take away nothing. 生不帶來死不帶去。
  74. At the game’s end, we shall see who gains. 比賽結束後,方見得勝者。
  75. Bad beginnings have ever bad endings. 不慎始者,常得惡果。
  76. Be just before you are generous. 先小人後君子。
  77. Beauty fades like a flower. 紅顏薄命。
  78. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 情人眼裡出西施。
  79. Beauty is only skin-deep. 人不可貌相。
  80. Beauty may have fair leaves, yet bitter fruit. 美麗長出漂亮的葉子,卻生出苦辣的果實。
  81. Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails. 笑裏藏刀。
  82. Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion. 寧為雞首,不為牛後。
  83. Better die a beggar than live a beggar. 不食嗟來之食。
  84. Better ride on an ass that carries me than a horse that throws me. 騎馬摔一跤不如騎驢往前走。
  85. Better the devil you know than the devil you do not know. 明槍易躲,暗箭難防。
  86. Better to sail slowly than not to sail at all. 完全停滯不前不如慢慢駛向前。
  87. Birds of a feather flock together. 物以類聚。
  88. Books and friends should be few and well chosen. 多不如少,少不如好。
  89. Books are the ever-burning lamps of accumulated wisdom. 書籍乃世人累積智慧之不滅明燈。
  90. Brave actions never want a trumpet. 英勇的行為永遠不需要吹噓。
  91. Business is business.公事公辦。
  92. By reading we enrich the mind; by conversation we polish it. 讀書使心智豐富,交談使心智明亮。
  93. Call no man happy till he is dead. 蓋棺論定。
  94. Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance. 勿捨本逐末。
  95. Character is what makes one man stand out more prominently than another. 一個人的德性使他與眾不同。
  96. Come not to counsel uncalled. 人之患在好為人師。
  97. Conscience does make cowards of us all. 良心的自責使大家變成了懦夫。
  98. Constant dropping wears away the stone. 滴水穿石。
  99. Counsel is to be given by the wise, the remedy by the rich. 忠告一定來自智者,救助一定來自富人。
  100. Counsel must be followed, not praised. 忠告一定要遵守,不是要稱讚。
  101. Counsel without help is useless. 沒有實質幫助的忠告亳無用處。
  102. Counsels in wine seldom prosper. 酒杯空言少見成效。
  103. Custom reconciles us to everything. 習慣成自然。
  104. Cut your coat according to your cloth. 量入為出。
  105. Dead men tell no tales. 死無對證。
  106. Deeds are males, and words are females. 「做」是男人的事,「說」是女人的事。
  107. Deeds, not words. 言出必行。
  108. Despatch is the soul of business. 辦事以迅速為貴。
  109. Diamond cuts diamond. 強中自有強中手。
  110. Diet cures more than a doctor. 良藥苦口利於病。
  111. Do in Rome as the Romans do. 入鄉隨俗。
  112. Do not forget little kindness and do not remember small faults. 小善不忘,小錯不念。
  113. Do not teach your grandmother to suck eggs. 別班門弄斧。
  114. Do not wash your dirty linen in public. 家醜不外揚。
  115. Do to others as you would be done by. 己所不欲,勿施於人。
  116. Drunken days have all their tomorrows. 樂極生悲。
  117. Easy come, easy go. 來得容易去得快。
  118. Empty vessels make the most sound. 滿瓶不響半瓶響叮噹。
  119. Even brothers keep careful accounts. 大智若愚。
  120. Even homer sometimes nods. 智者千慮必有一失。
  121. Every bean has its black. 金無赤金,人無完人。
  122. Every family has a skeleton in the cupboard. 家家有本難念的經。
  123. Every flow must have its ebb. 人有悲歡離合,月有陰晴圓缺。
  124. Every great thing is nothing but a lot of little ones. 積沙成塔。
  125. Every man has his taste. 人各有所好。
  126. Every man is a volume if you know how to read him. 每一個人都是一卷書,只要你懂得如何閱讀它。
  127. Every oak has been an acorn. 千里之行,始於足下。
  128. Every why has a wherefore. 事出必有因。
  129. Everything has an end. 凡事都會結束。
  130. Everything must have a beginning. 凡事都有個開頭。
  131. Example is better than precept. 身教重於言教。
  132. Experience is the best teacher. 前事不忘後事之師。
  133. Experience is the mother of wisdom. 不經一事,不長一智。
  134. Extremes meet. 物極必反。
  135. Failure is the mother of success. / Failure teaches success. 失敗乃成功之母。
  136. Faint heart never won fair lady. 懦弱的人永遠無法贏得美人的歡心。
  137. Fair face, foul heart. 人面獸心。
  138. Fair without and foul (false) within. 金玉其外,敗絮其中。
  139. Familiarity breeds contempt. 近之則不遜。
  140. Far from eye, far from heart. 眼不見為淨。
  141. Feather by feather the goose is plucked. 鐵杵磨成針。
  142. Few words are best. 少說為妙。
  143. Fine feathers make fine birds. 佛要金裝,人要衣裝。
  144. Fine words butter no parsnips. 口惠而實不至。
  145. Fine words dress ill deeds. 說一套,做一套。
  146. First impressions are most lasting. 先入為主。
  147. Forgive and forget. 既往不咎。
  148. Full of courtesy, full of craft. 禮多必詐。
  149. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. 花開堪折直須折。
  150. Give a dog a bad name and hang him. 欲加之罪,何患無辭。
  151. Give a thief enough rope and he will hang himself. 多行不義必自斃。欲擒先縱。
  152. Give him an inch and he'll take a yard. 得寸進尺。
  153. Give knaves an inch and they will take a yard. 得寸進尺。
  154. Go to bed with the lamb, and rise with the lark. 日出而作,日入而息。
  155. God’s mill grinds slow but sure. 天網恢恢,疏而不漏。
  156. Good books need no boost. 好書無需誇耀。
  157. Good counsel has no price. 良言乃無價之寶。
  158. Good counsel never comes amiss. 好的忠告絕不會出差錯。
  159. Good counsel never comes too late. 好的忠告絕不會來得太晚。
  160. Good manners are the fine flowers of civilization. 良好的禮貌是文明的漂亮花朵。
  161. Good to begin well, better to end well. 有好的開始是不錯的,堅持到底更重要。
  162. Good words cost nothing, but are worth much. 良言本無價,其貴值千金。
  163. Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds. 口惠而實不至。
  164. Great minds think alike. 英雄所見略同。
  165. Great oaks from little acorns grow. 萬丈高樓平地起。
  166. Great talents mature late. 大器晚成。
  167. Handsome is what handsome does. 相由心生。有德才是美。
  168. Hard words break no bones. 笑罵由人。
  169. Haste makes waste. 欲速則不達。
  170. He teaches ill, who teaches all. 樣樣都教樣樣糟。
  171. He that commits a fault thinks everyone speaks of it. 作賊心虛。
  172. He that falls today may rise tomorrow. 東山再起。
  173. He that fears you present will hate you absent. 陽奉陰違。
  174. He that stays in the valley shall never get over the hill. 固步自封。
  175. He that touches pitch shall be defiled. 近朱者赤 ,近墨者黑。
  176. He who begins many things, finishes but few. 樣樣事只有開始,到頭來一事無成。
  177. He who does not gain loses. 逆水行舟,不進則退。
  178. He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon. 巧言令色鮮矣仁。
  179. He who has health has hope. 留得青山在,不怕沒柴燒。
  180. He who has hope has everything. 擁有希望的人擁有一切。
  181. He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning. 畏問者,恥於學。
  182. He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount. 騎虎難下。
  183. He who teaches, learns. 教學相長。
  184. He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom. 登高必自卑。
  185. Honesty is the best policy. 誠實是上策。
  186. If Jack’s in love, he’s no judge of Jill’s beauty. 情人眼裏出西施。
  187. If one will not, another will. 人棄我取,人取我與。
  188. If the counsel be good, no matter who gave it. 從善如流。
  189. If you live with a lame person you will learn to limp. 近朱者赤,近墨者黑。
  190. If you wish good advice, consult an old man. 老馬識途。
  191. Ill counsel mars all. 不好的忠告損毀一切。
  192. Imagination is more important than knowledge. 想像力比知識更重要。
  193. In peace prepare for war. 和平時不忘備戰。
  194. In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. 山中無老虎,猴子稱大王。
  195. Industry is fortune's right hand, and frugality her left. 勤儉為富貴之本。
  196. Industry is the parent of success. 勤勉為成功之本。
  197. It is as well to know which way the wind blows. 識時務者為俊傑。
  198. It is better to learn a certain trade than to possess a large fortune. 腰纏萬貫,不若一技在身。
  199. It is more blessed to give than to receive. 施比受更有福。
  200. It is never too late to mend. 亡羊補牢,時猶未晚。
  201. It is well to profit by the folly of others. 前車可鑒。
  202. It takes all sorts to make a world. 一種米養百種人。
  203. Jack of all trades, master of none. 樣樣通,樣樣鬆。
  204. Keep something for a rainy day. 未雨綢繆。
  205. Kindness comes of will. 仁慈來自意志。
  206. Kindness is noblest weapon to conquer with. 仁者無敵。
  207. Knowledge is power. 知識就是力量。
  208. Leopards cannot change their spots. 江山易改,本性難移。
  209. Let bygones be bygones. 既往不究。
  210. Life is not merely living but living in health. 生活不只要活,而且要活的健康。
  211. Like breeds like. 龍生龍,鳳生鳳。
  212. Like father, like son. 有其父必有其子。
  213. Live and learn. 活到老,學到老。
  214. Long absence changes a friend. 久別朋友變。
  215. Long absent, soon forgotten. 久別情疏。
  216. Look before you leap. 三思而後行。
  217. Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in same direction. 愛並不在於彼此相對。
  218. Love makes the world go round. 愛使世界運轉。
  219. Man are best loved farthest off. 相隔最遙遠的人最為人疼愛。
  220. Man proposes, God disposes. 謀事在人,成事在天。
  221. Meat is much, but manner is more. 衣食足而後禮義興。
  222. Men are blind in their own cause. 馬不知臉長。當局者迷。
  223. Mere talking tends only to failure. 空談只會導致失敗。
  224. Might is right. 強權就是公理。
  225. Mischief all comes from much opening of the mouth. 是非只為多開口。
  226. Misery loves company. 禍不單行。
  227. More haste, less speed. 欲速則不達。
  228. Never judge by appearances. 不要以貌取人。
  229. Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today. 今日事,今日畢。
  230. Never try to prove what nobody doubts.此地無銀三百兩。
  231. New brooms sweep clean. 新官上任三把火。
  232. No answer is also an answer. 不回答也是回答。
  233. No cross, no crown. 吃得苦中苦,方為人上人。
  234. Nothing comes amiss to a hungry man. 饑不擇食。
  235. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. 沒有熱誠難成大事。
  236. Nothing is difficult to a man whom ambition fires. 對於雄心萬丈的人來說,世上沒有難成的事。
  237. Nothing venture, nothing have. 不入虎穴,焉得虎子。
  238. Once bitten, twice shy. 一朝被蛇咬,十年怕草繩。
  239. One gives nothing so liberally as advice. 沒有任何東西像忠告那麼慷慨。
  240. One good turn deserves another. 好心有好報。
  241. One is never too old to learn. 活到老學到老。
  242. One pair of heels is often worth two pairs of hands. 三十六計走為上策。
  243. Out of sight, out of mind. 眼不見,心不念。
  244. Pardon is the most glorious revenge. 寬恕是最偉大的報復。
  245. Penny wise, pound foolish. 小事精明,大事糊塗。
  246. Practice makes perfect. 熟能生巧。
  247. Practice what you preach. 言出必行。
  248. Pretty face, poor fate. 自古紅顏多薄命。
  249. Rome was not built in a day. 羅馬不是一天造成的。
  250. Salt water and absence wash away love. 遠離久別,恩情疏。
  251. Seeing is believing. 百聞不如一見。
  252. Self is a bad counselor. 自私非上策。
  253. Self-trust is the first secret of success. 自信是成功的第一祕訣。
  254. Soon ripe, soon rotten. 速戰速決。
  255. Sow nothing, reap nothing. 無功不受祿。
  256. Spare the rod and spoil the child. 不打不成器。
  257. Strike while the iron is hot. 打鐵趁熱。
  258. Take away the cause, and the effect must cease. 沒有因,那有果。
  259. Take things as they come. 既來之則安之。
  260. That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. 好書開卷時引人入勝,終卷時使人獲益。
  261. The absent are always in the wrong. 誰人背後無人說,哪個人前不說人。
  262. The best fish swim near the bottom. 好酒沈甕底。
  263. The best is the enemy of the good. 目標太高反而失敗。
  264. The blood of the soldiers makes the glory of the general. 一將功成萬骨枯。
  265. The boughs that bear most hang lowest. 大丈夫能屈能伸。
  266. The devil is not so black as he is painted. 過甚其詞。
  267. The fairer the paper, the fouler the blot. 黑白分明。
  268. The first blow is half the battle. 先下手為強。
  269. The good seaman is known in bad weather. 時窮節乃現。
  270. The higher the mountain, the greater descent. 爬得愈高,跌得愈深。
  271. The leopard cannot change its spots. 江山易改,本性難移。
  272. The longest day must have an end. 天網恢恢,疏而不漏。
  273. The pot calls the kettle black. 半斤八兩。
  274. The wealth of the mind is the only true wealth. 心靈的財富才是唯一真正的財富。
  275. There are many ways to fame. 行行出狀元。
  276. There are other fish in the sea. 天涯何處無芳草。
  277. There are two sides to every question. 公說公有理,婆說婆有理。
  278. There is a black sheep in every flock. 樹大有枯枝,族大有乞兒。
  279. There is no rose without a thorn. 沒有十全十美的人生。
  280. There is no wool so white but a dyer can make it black. 人非聖賢,孰能無過。
  281. Think today and speak tomorrow. 熟思而後言。
  282. Time flies. 時光飛逝。
  283. Time is money. 時間就是金錢。
  284. To do one thing well is a worthy ambition. 把一件事做好,這就是一個有價值的雄心。
  285. To entertain an angel unawares. 有眼不識泰山。
  286. To think of danger in time of peace. 居安思危。
  287. Tomorrow never comes. 明天永不來。
  288. Too many cooks spoil the broth. 人多手腳亂。
  289. Too much water drowned the miller. 過猶不及。
  290. Trust men and they will be true to you. 信人者人恆信之。
  291. Turn a stumbling block into a stepping stone. 化阻力為助力。
  292. Two heads are better than one. 三個臭皮匠,勝過一個諸葛亮。
  293. Unity is strength. 團結就是力量。
  294. Violent fires soon burn out. 野火燒不盡,春風吹又生。
  295. Water is a boon in the desert, but the drowning man curses it. 水能載舟;亦能覆舟。
  296. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. 弱者等待機會,強者創造機會。
  297. Well begun is half done. 好的開始是成功的一半。
  298. When God has his church, the devil will have his chapel. 上有政策,下有對策。
  299. When one door shuts, another opens. 天無絕人之路。
  300. When the cat's away, the mice will play. 貓兒不在,老鼠做怪。
  301. When things are at the worst they begin to mend. 否極泰來。
  302. Where the dam leaps over, the kid follows. 上行下效。
  303. While the grass grows the horse starves. 遠水解不了近渴。
  304. Where there is a will, there is a way. 有志者事竟成。
  305. Words cut more than swords. 舌劍利於刀劍。
  306. You cannot tell a book by its cover. 凡事不可貌相。
  307. You must reap what you have sowed. 種瓜得瓜;種豆得豆。
  308. Zeal, when it is a virtue, is a dangerous one. 把熱誠當作美德是危險的。
  309. Zeal too often lacks discretion. 熱心有餘,審慎不足。
  310. Zeal without prudence is frenzy. 熱誠不夠謹慎猶若瘋狂。
  311. Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse. 志大才疏猶如脫韁之馬。
Posted: 2016-11-16; updated: 2017-02-03 by Ong Seng Aun.
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