Chinese proverbs

This is a collection of my favourite Chinese proverbs, most of which relate well to software.

If you want to know your past – look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future – look into your present actions.

Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Behind every able man, there are always other able men.

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

Good luck seldom comes in pairs but bad things never walk alone.

If you are in a hurry you will never get there.

The crafty rabbit has three different entrances to its lair.

Set yourself as the standard.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow.

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead.

If you want happiness for an hour; take a nap. If you want happiness for a day; go fishing. If you want happiness for a month; get married. If you want happiness for a year; inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime; help someone else.

He who strikes the first blow admits he’s lost the argument.

When the tiger comes down from the mountain to the plains, it is bullied by the dogs.

Your neighbor’s wife looks prettier than your own.

Once bitten by a snake, you are even frightened by a rope that resembles a snake.

Follow the local custom when you go to a foreign place.

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