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38 Meaningful Chinese Quotes That Make You Think

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“Life is finite, while knowledge is infinite.” So does wisdom.

Come learn some Chinese quotes and proverbs here. They may inspire you with a fresh new perspective.

Chinese Quotes I

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
Buddha

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Confucius

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them –
that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu

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

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Lao Tzu

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All things happen according to the rhythm of time – some slow, some swift.

So there’s no need to rush or worry. They will blossom eventually.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Confucius

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Buddha

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
Buddha

The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. He prefers what is within to what is without.
Lao Tzu

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
Sun Tzu

Chinese Quotes II

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
Confucius

One kind word can warm three winter months.
Chinese Proverbs

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
Buddha

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.
Chinese Proverbs

There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.
Buddha

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Buddha

Holding on anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
Buddha

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Are you striving vigorously but everything seems to be out of your grasp? Relax, be still and believe. The things you’re longing for will come to you naturally.

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Buddha

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
Chinese Proverbs

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.
Chinese Proverbs

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
Lao Tzu

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
Confucius

Chinese Quotes III

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Chinese Proverbs

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Confucius

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Chinese Proverbs

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Sun Tzu

If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man.
Chinese Proverbs

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Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.
Chinese Proverbs

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Lao Tzu

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently.
Chinese Proverbs

With true friends… even water drunk together is sweet enough.
Chinese Proverbs

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage
Lao Tzu

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
Chinese Proverbs

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