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Top 10 Mandarin proverbs

Top 10 Mandarin proverbs

 

Every culture has their own proverbs and wise sayings which not only reflect their cultural values but also are a source of their people’s collective wisdom and understanding of life.This article will provide you experience about the top 10 Mandarin proverbs which can be easily peppered into daily conversations in the Chinese language.

Chinese civilization is the longest civilization which has grown and expanded for thousands of years.

People have gained a lot of experience by working from generations and all these experiences regarding all the aspects of life have been summarized in Chinese proverbs.

These proverbs have been widely used by the people for a long time and sometimes acts as a guide to draw inspirations from the proverbs in real life.

Top 10 Mandarin proverbs

 

Mandarin proverbs about Life:

 

  • 一分耕耘,一分收 (Yī fēn gēngyún, yī fēn shōuhuò)

Meaning: No pain, no gain.

No pain, no gain

This proverb means that until and unless you put an effort to perform any task, you will not get the desired result. “As a man sows, and shall he reap.” You will get what you have planted. The harder you work the more you will get.

 

  • 己所不欲,勿施于人 (jǐ suǒ bù yù, wù shī yú rén)

Meaning: Treat others as you would like them to treat you.

Treat others as you would like them to treat you.

To earn respect from others you must also give respect to them. It’s an important value that in order to gain something you must do the same to others. Don’t give others something that you don’t want to own.

 

Mandarin proverbs about Success:

 

  • 败为成功之母 (Shībài wéi chénggōng zhī mǔ)

Meaning: Failure is the mother of success.

Failure is the mother of success

The proverb usually encourages the people who failed to achieve something in their life. It encourages them to keep moving. Despite the failure, you must try again and put your best effort.

 

  • 一寸光阴一寸金,寸金难买寸光阴 (Yīcùn guāngyīn yīcùn jīn, cùn jīn nán mǎi cùn guāngyīn)

Meaning:  Time is money, but it’s difficult to buy the time with money.

Time is money, but it’s difficult to buy the time with money

If you want to be successful you must make a good use of the time available to you. We have always been taught about the importance of time. If you want to succeed in life then you must seize every minute and make a good use of time.

Mandarin proverbs about Love:

  • 情人眼里出西施 (qíngrén yǎn lǐ chū xīshī)

Meaning: Beauty lies in the lover’s eyes.

Beauty lies in the lover’s eyes.

This Chinese proverb represents beauty. It says that a person should look at the inner beauty of other people rather than his/her physical appearance. An inner beauty here refers to the attitude, thinking and nature of that person. So, if a person loves you truly he will consider your inner qualities rather than your other physical qualities.

 

  • 缘巧合 (Tiānyuán qiǎohé)

Meaning: A coincidence destined by heaven.

A coincidence destined by heaven

 

This Mandarin proverb actually means that every circumstance we think of as a coincidence is actually planned by God in heaven. People in love generally say this when they meet their partners coincidently in an unplanned way, but as said they were destined to meet each other.

 

Mandarin proverbs about Perseverance:

  • 學而不思則罔,思而不學則殆。(zǐ yuē: xué ér bù sī zé wǎng, sī ér bù xué zé dài.)

Meaning: Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous

There is no point in learning just by reading the texts, one also needs to think how does it makes sense and also consider how to apply it to our lives.

 

  • 不患人之不己知,患不知人也。((zǐ yuē: bù huàn rén zhī bù jǐ zhī, huàn bù zhī rén yě.)

Meaning: I will not be afflicted at men’s not knowing me; I will be afflicted that I do not know men.

I will not be afflicted at men’s not knowing me; I will be afflicted that I do not know men

If you know the people around yourself, you will able to improve yourself. Without knowing others you will not be able to know yourself. Knowing a person around you is very important because once you know about that person completely, you will come to know how that person is different from you and in what aspects.

 

Mandarin proverbs about Work:

  • 今日事,今日毕。(Jīnrì shìjīnrì bì.)

Meaning: Never put off what you can do today for tomorrow.

Never put off what you can do today for tomorrow

The above mandarin proverb states that whatever task given to you today must be completed today itself. You should never delay your work if it can be completed today. Leaving the task to be completed tomorrow will be an additional task or an extra liability which may put you into trouble.

 

  • 有志者,事竟成。(Yǒuzhìzhěshì jìnɡ chénɡ.)

Meaning: Where there is a will there’s a way.

Where there is a will there's a way

This means that if you are serious about getting something done, you will find a way. If a person is determined by his goals, he will definitely put his best effort to achieve it. Irrespective of all the difficulties comes his way, he will overcome all.

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