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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XV: Greek—Roman—Oriental
 
Chinese Proverbs
 
AN AVARICIOUS man, who can never get enough, is like a snake trying to swallow an elephant.  1
  To draw the picture of a tiger, and make a dog out of it, is to imitate a masterpiece and spoil it.  2
  Human pleasures are like the flittings of sparrows.  3
  A narrow-minded man resembles a frog in a well.  4
  Do not pull up your stockings in a melon-patch, or straighten your hat in a peach orchard; any one seeing you may think you are stealing.  5
  To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish.  6
  One thread does not make a rope.  7
  The tiger does not walk with the hind.  8
  You can neither buy wood in the forest nor fish by the lake.  9
  If a blind man leads another blind man, they will both fall into a hole.  10
  No maker of idols worships the gods; he knows their composition too well.  11
  A man with a purple nose may be very temperate in drink, only no one will believe it.  12
  Money makes the blind man see.  13
  We admire our own writings, but other men’s wives.  14
  If you are afraid of being found out, leave it alone.  15
  Bend your neck if the eaves are low.  16
  It’s not the wine that makes a man drunk; it’s the man himself.  17
  A whisper on earth sounds like thunder in heaven.  18
  To get a favor granted is harder than to kill a tiger.  19
  Sweep the snow from your own door.  20
  If there were no error there could be no truth.  21
  A needle never pricks with both ends.  22
  Don’t put two saddles on one horse.  23
  Trust nature rather than a bad doctor.  24
 
 
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