How do you view life in general? Is it sweet, or is it hard? What attitude do think we should have for a fulfilling life? How to view success and failure? What about staying humble, being tolerant and working hard?
Indeed, life is such a vast topic as it brings us joy, happiness, laughter, success, applause, love, friendship … as well as sadness, zest, jealousy, tears, failure and more. It is difficult to generalize it, although we definitely share certain views and feelings as Chinese people do.
Here are 12 Chinese sayings about life and hopefully they will give you some inspiration, some thoughts and some motivation to learn them in Chinese!
huó dào lǎo, xué dào lǎo
A man is never too old to learn.
huā yǒu chóng kāi rì, rén wú zài shào nián,
Flowers may bloom again, but a person never has the chance to be young again.
rén wú wán rén, jīn wú zú chì
It is as impossible to find a perfect man as it is to find 100 percent pure gold.
lù yáo zhī mǎ lì, rì jiǔ jiàn rén xīn
As distance tests a horse’s strength, so does time reveal a person’s real character.
fán rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dòu liàng
As a man cannot be known by his looks, neither can the sea be fathomed by a gourd.
fēng wú cháng shùn, bīng wú cháng shèng
A boat can’t always sail with the wind; an army can’t always win battles.
shuǐ mǎn zé yì
Water surges only to overflow.
nan dé hú tu
Where ignorance is bliss, it’s folly to be wise.
- 没有规矩不成方圆méi yǒu guī ju bù chéng fāng yuánNothing can be accomplished without norms or standards
pǐ jí tài lái
Things at the worst will mend.
shēn tǐ lì xíng
Practice what you preach.
chī dé kǔ zhōng kǔ, fāng wéi rén shàng rén
No pains, no gains.