Friday, July 13, 2007


I think it is absolutely amazing that some of these date back to the
6th Century BC. All of them are as true now as they were then. There are literally hundreds of them, so here's just a few:

Good luck seldom comes in pairs but bad things never walk (occur) alone.
The soldier who retreated 50 paces jeered at the one who retreated 100 paces.

Fight poison with poison.
Tiger father begets tiger son.
Man's schemes are inferior to those made by heaven.
If you have money you can make the ghosts and devils turn your grind stone.
You want your horse to look good but you also want it not to have to eat grass.
There is no wave without wind.
You cannot push a cow's head down unless it is drinking water by it's own will.
The arrogant army will lose the battle for sure.
Tens of thousands of bones will become ashes when one general achieves his fame.
If you are in a hurry you will never get there.
The crafty rabbit has three different entrances to its lair.
Use attack as the tactic of defense. Set yourself as the standard.
When you have musk, you will automatically have fragrance.
You cannot fight a fire with water from far away.
Paper cannot wrap up a fire.
Men should worry about fame just as pigs about being fat.

Even the most resourceful housewife cannot create miracles from a rice less pantry.

Here's my personal favourite.....
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Which is your favourite?



Manny said...

There are a few here.

Andy Looney said...

Woman who fly airplane upside-down have crack up.

Palm Springs Savant said...

I did a post on Chinese funny fortunes and prudent proverbs that you might enjoy:

I like: an with hand in pocket feel cocky all day

jungle jane said...

hmmmmm...i dunno about fighting poison with poison. i think its best to leave the poisenous people alone and hope they will choke themselves with their own toxins...

EBEZP said...

Yes there certainly are aren't there! All absolute gems.

I like that one rick and I'll have alook at your posting a bit later

You are right JJ but maybe they mean poison words, like forked tongue?!