Mark Twain said, “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” In China, we have similar sayings. Let’s have a look at 12 Chinese sayings on books.
HOW DO CHINESE PEOPLE VIEW BOOKS?
There are many sayings on books in Chinese. Here we can have a look at the sayings which
1. Books are companions
A good book brings us joy, all the time.
shū shì suí shí xié dài de huā yuán
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
hǎo shū rú zhì yǒu
A good book is a good friend.
yī běn hǎo shū, xiāng bàn yī shēng
A good book is the best of friends， the same today and forever.
2. Books enrich our lives
Good books broaden our views, enrich our experiences and bring us wisdom.
dú wàn juàn shū， xíng wàn lǐ lù
Reading ten thousand books is like traveling ten thousand miles.
shú shū shǐ rén chōng shí, jiāo tán shǐ rén jīng míng
By reading we enrich the mind， by conversation we polish it.
Dúshū pò wàn juǎn, xiàbǐ rú yǒu shén.
Read wide, and you will wisely write. （After you have read more than ten thousand volumes, you will find it easy to write as if God were there helping you.）
Dú yī shū, zēng yī zhì
Read a book，get a wisdom．
Bù chīfàn zé jī, bù dúshū zé yú
Do not eat the hungry， do not read the stupid．
3. Books require attention
It is never enough to read books, but we need to be selective with the books we read.
shū dào yòng shí fāng hèn shǎo
It is when you are using what you have learned from books that you wish you had read more.
Shū shān yǒu lù qín wèi jìng, xué hǎi wú yá kǔ zuò zhōu
Diligence is the path through the mountain of books, and hard-working is the boat across endless sea of learning.
dú shū rú jiāo yǒu, yìng qiú shǎo ér jīng
Books and friends should be few but good.
zé shū rú zé yǒu
Choose a book as you choose a friend.
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