Ancient Chinese Proverbs Are as Applicable Today as They Were Thousands of Years Ago
Presently, I'm reading a story in which there was a twisted "Chinese-type" proverb...
"Do not ask a fish how to cross a desert."
...and it made me think of a couple of real Chinese proverbs I have known for a long time and agree completely with their wisdom. These two are as applicable today as they may have been thousands of years ago.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
"Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand."
So I sought out some more that I thought were wise, such as these. I follow them with my comment in brackets as to how I feel they are just as applicable now as there were long ago in another culture.
"Dig the well before you are thirsty." (A good way to illustrate the words 'Be prepared'.)
"Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet." (One should be careful of being overzealous.)
"He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument." (As in thenewstalkers, the one who starts using ad hominem to insult the person he is debating with, has lost the debate.)
"Not until just before dawn do people sleep best; not until people get old do they become wise." (This is similar to the German proverb that we grow old too soon and get smart too late.)
"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back." (Learn from others before trying to make your own way.)
"The palest ink is better than the best memory." (Just happened with me. I had to go back to the book I was reading just two hours ago to reread the proverb about a fish and the desert that I quoted above.)
Can you think of any special Chinese proverbs that are as applicable to us today as they may have been thousands of years ago? If so, can you quote them and explain why they are applicable today?