One whose breath is felt in heaven.
Control the winds by trimming your sails. Focus your efforts on honing your talents, and you will be better prepared to face uncertainty.
Only time and effort bring proficiency.
First attain skill; creativity comes later.
The wind and the waves seem always to favor the best sailors
Those with true skill know how to make opportunities in any environment
Clumsy birds have need of early flight.
Those with less ability should work harder instead of making excuses.
An old broom has its value.
One should value previous contacts and avoid discarding old friends or people who have helped you before.
Make the cap fit the head. Know where and when to make adjustments.
Better to bend in the wind than to break.
When the wind is great, bow before it; when the rain is heavy, yield to it.
Any garment will fit one who is naked.
One must adapt to circumstances, just as water must take the shape of its container.
Fashion is a tyrant who dictates never-ending changes.
Denotes a person of great consequence and importance.
A common saying of parents who idolize their offspring and liken the child’s abilities to the sun.
Adversity is a mirror that reveals one’s true self.
One who has never met adversity will not develop foresight.
Opposition and adversity give us a chance to rise to new heights.
Challenges are the most truthful and strictest of teachers.
Adversity teaches us life’s most valuable lessons.
Jade is shaped to become a valuable tool.
All great minds become valuable through the lessons of time and experience.
Those who know the storm dread the calm before it.
Give challenges to those who have the character to face them.
Trials are blessings in disguise.
To eat the wind and swallow bitterness.
An expression referring to one who harbors resentment, represses anger, and endures suffering.
Harsh words and poor reasoning never settle anything.
To have one’s liver on fire.
Anger is said to originate from the liver, so this expression is used when a person is extremely angry.
To stir the fire and burn oneself.
This means to bring trouble upon oneself through anger.
Do not create in anger what you lack in reason.
In anger, a person becomes a danger to himself and to others.
Do not upset heaven and earth.
An expression to calm someone who is creating a disturbance or having an outburst of anger.
Anger is a luxury one cannot afford.
Love, anger, and money betray themselves.
It is wiser to vent anger than to contain it.
One who seeks beauty with a pure heart finds what he is searching for.
True beauty is eternal and cannot be destroyed.
The cautious seldom err.
An overturned cart ahead warns the one behind.
Don’t jump over a pit only to fall into a well.
Better to be too skeptical than to be too trusting.
Presumptions will bring nothing but trouble.
Uncertainty breeds caution.
Be cautious when presented with promised windfalls that require little investment.
A loan is like rice eaten. It is soon forgotten.
It is cheaper to give a small sum than to lend a large amount.
A wolf may lose its fangs, but not its inclinations.
When fortune flirts, her smile is costly.
Man’s memory can be altered when in a situation of urgent need. Make loans cautiously.
There is no poverty where there is character, and no wealth or honor where character is missing.
One who has character has courage.
Fortunes may rise and fall and kingdoms may tumble, but one’s character never changes.
True change in a person is very rare.
Where there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; where there is no character, beauty becomes ugliness.
One who would pick the roses must bear with the thorns.
One learns compromise by accepting the good with the bad.
Compromise is always a temporary achievement.
When compromise turns into commitment, it becomes permanent.
One who learns the value of compromise acquires wisdom.
Those who are unable to live under the same sky.
A common saying to denote bitter enemies who cannot coexist.
A long journey tests a horse; a long-drawn-out conflict tests a friendship.
Settle a small conflict quickly and you will keep a hundred others at bay.
Strength + strength + strength = cooperation
Refusal to cooperate with evil is equal to cooperating with good.
One sings, all follow.
An expression that means everyone is in agreement.
A bridge is not built from one piece of wood.
We cannot clap with only one hand.
Each person equals a grain of sand, but an army is like a block of gold.
Courtesy is the mark of a civilized person.
Follow the good and learn their ways.
Keeping company with the wicked is like living in a fish market: one becomes used to the foul odor.
People adapt to their environment, for better or worse.
Chinese proverbs are particularly insightful and therefore smart to use. I here describe such proverbs related to people of China. Try these Chinese Proverbs which are given above the page.