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Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, anymore than standing in your garage makes you a car.

I moaned because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.

Keep smiling… It makes people wonder what you’ve been up to. :)

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
– Martin Luther King Jr

Never argue with an idiot they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you through experience

Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong???

Opportunities slide away like clouds. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Revenge is a Poison meant for others, which we end up swallowing ourselves.
Vengence is a Dark Light that blinds all who seek it.
Don’t argue with Idiots.. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
Faith looks up!!

If you argue with an idiot, after a while it is hard to tell who the real idiot is.

Being quiet is fine, most people don’t listen anyways.

Victory is gained by resolution and determination. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Empty cans make the most noise.

The wisest of people in this world are those that admit when they are wrong.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

I’m just human, I have weaknesses, I make mistakes and I experience sadness; But I learn from all these things to make me a better person.

Those who fail to prepare, are preparing to fail.

When you point a finger at someone you also have 3 fingers pointing at yourself, that means you must have a look at yourself at least 3 times before judging someone else.

LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today, and HOPE for tomorrow.

He who indulges in a task without proper knowledge will deteriorate rather than improve the case. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Never hate people who are jealous of you, but respect their jealousy because they’re the ones who think you’re better than them.

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

There is no good in extravagence, however, there can never be extravagence in good deeds. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Never expect anything.
This way, you’ll never be disappointed.

Never challenge an old man, because if you lose, you’ve lost to an old man, and if you win, so what?

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

If you are not happy being single, you will never be happy in a relationship. Get your own life first, then share it.

If you can’t cook don’t tell someone their food needs salt.

Never wrestle with a pig- you both get dirty but the pig likes it.

Better slow going somewhere than fast going nowhere.

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Here's a great collection of Chinese sayings and idioms with Chinese characters, pinyin pronunciation, and English translations and explanations, to help you learn and enjoy the Chinese language, while understanding Chinese people's attitudes, life, and values more deeply.

Wisdom (26 sayings)

Chinese people have traditionally been good at drawing lessons from the ordinary things of life. Below are some of the most common wisdom sayings that give practical life advice.

The most time-honored and popular Chinese sayings present wisdom or a concept in short pithy idiom. Many have just four Chinese characters.

1. 不作不死。(Bù zuò bù sǐ. 'Not do not die.') — If you don't do stupid things you won't end up in tragedy.

This Chinese web saying is recorded in the Urban Dictionary. It's like: "Don't poke the bear."

2. 塞翁失马,焉知非福。(Sài Wēng shī mǎ, yān zhī fēi fú. 'Sai Weng [legendary old man's name] lost horse, how know not blessing'.) — Blessings come in disguise.

According to the book "Huainanzi — Lessons of the Human World", an old man living in a border region lost his horse and people came to comfort him. But he said, "This may be a blessing in disguise, who knows?" Indeed, the horse later returned to the man and brought him a better horse.

3. 小洞不补,大洞吃苦。(Xiǎodòng bù bǔ, dàdòng chī kǔ.'small hole not mend; big hole eat hardship') — If small holes aren't fixed, then big holes will bring hardship.

This proverb tells us that if a trivial problem is not solved in time, it will become a serious and knotty one. Similar to: "A stitch in time saves nine."

4. 水满则溢。(Shuǐmǎn zé yì. 'water full but overflows') — Water flows in only to flow out.

Similar to "what comes up must come down", this proverb points out that: things reverse when they reach their extremes. It's from the 18th century novel "A Dream of Red Mansions".

5. 读万卷书不如行万里路。 (Dú wànjuànshū bù rú xíng wànlǐlù. 'reading 10,000 books, not as good as walking 10,000 li road') — It's better to walk thousands of miles than to read thousands of books.

I.e. 'doing beats reading' or 'experience beats theory'.

6. 三个和尚没水喝。 (Sān gè héshàng méi shuǐ hē. 'three monks have no water to drink') — Too many cooks spoil the broth.

I.e. if too many people try to do something, like three monks trying to carry one bucket of water, they make a mess of it.

7. 一笑解千愁。 (Yī xiào jiě qiānchou. 'one smile undoes 1,000 worries') — A smile dispels many worries.

8. 笑一笑,十年少。 (Xiào yī xiào, shínián shào. 'laugh,ten years younger') — Happiness is the best cosmetic.

9. 美名胜过美貌。 (Měimíng shèng guò měimào. 'beautiful name beats beautiful looks') — A good name is better than a good face.

10. 不善始者不善终。 (Bú shànshǐzhě bù shànzhōng. 'not good starter not good end') — A bad beginning makes a bad ending.

11. 大处着眼,小处着手。(Dàchù zhuó yǎn, xiǎochù zhuó shǒu. 'big points apply eye; small points apply hand') — Keep the general goal in sight while tackling daily tasks.

This proverb advises us to always keep the overall situation in mind, and be far-sighted, while we set our hands to mundane business.

12. 一步一个脚印。 (Yībù yīgè jiǎoyìn. 'one step one footprint') — Every step makes a footprint.

Work steadily and make solid progress.

13. 一个萝卜一个坑儿。 (Yīgè luóbo yīgè kēngr. 'one turnip one hole') — Each has his own task, and nobody is dispensable.

I.e. "each to his own", "horses for courses", or "every kettle has its lid".

14. 留得青山在,不怕没柴烧。 (Liú dé qīngshān zài, búpà méi chái shāo. 'remain green hills present, not fear no firewood burn') — While there are green hills, there'll be wood to burn.

I.e. "Where there is life, there is hope."

15. 一鸟在手胜过双鸟在林。 (Yī niǎo zài shǒu shèng guò shuāng niǎo zài lín 'one bird in hand beats pair birds in forest') — A bird in the hand is worth than two in the bush.

16. 人无完人,金无足赤。(Rén wú wánrén, jīn wú zúchì. 'man lackperfect man; gold lack enoughred') — No man is a perfect man; no gold is sufficiently bare.

It is as impossible to find a perfect man as it is to find 100 percent pure gold.I.e. "no-one's perfect".

17. 千军易得, 一将难求。 (Qiānjūn yìdé, yī jiang nánqiú. 'thousand army easy obtain; one general hard request') — It is easy to find a thousand soldiers, but hard to find a good general.

This proverb notes the difficulty of finding an outstanding leader.

18. 宰相肚里好撑船。 (Zǎixiànɡ dùlǐ hǎo chēnɡchuán. 'prime minister stomach inside good-to pole boat') — A prime minister's mind should be broad enough for poling a boat.

This can be used to praise someone a magnanimous person. The saying is from the novel "Officialdom Unmasked" (官场现形记) by Li Baojia (李宝嘉1867–1906)

19. 难得糊涂。 (Nándé hútu. 'hard get confusion') — Ignorance is bliss.

Or: "Where ignorance is bliss, it's folly to be wise."

20. 祸从口出。 (Huò cóng kǒu chū. 'disaster from mouth exits') — Disaster comes from careless talk.

21. 三人一条心,黄土变成金。(Sānrén yìtiáoxīn, huángtǔ biàn chéng jīn. 'three people one heart; yellow earth become gold') — If people are of one heart, even loess can become gold.

This proverb tells us that as long as people are unified, any goal can be achieved.

22. 身正不怕影子斜。(Shēnzhèng búpà yǐngzi xié. 'body straight not fear shadow slanting') — One who stands straight doesn't fear a crooked shadow.

Similar to: "A straight foot is not afraid of a crooked shoe." i.e. A righteous man is not afraid to seem unrighteous.

23. 有借有还,再借不难。(Yǒu jiè yǒu huán, zài jiè bùnán. Have loan have repayment; again loan not hard.) — Timely return of a loan makes it easier to borrow a second time.

24. 蜡烛照亮别人,却毁灭了自己。 (Làzhú zhàoliàng biérén, què huǐmiè le zìjǐ. 'candle illuminates others, yet destroys itself') — A candle lights others and consumes itself.

This refers to self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.

25. 种瓜得瓜, 种豆得豆。 (Zhòngguā dé guā, zhòngdòu dé dòu. 'sow melons reap melons; sow beans reap beans') — You reap what you sow.

This proverb warns that one receives just returns for one's actions; good for good, and evil for evil. It's similar to the Biblical: "…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

26.欲速则不达。 (Yù sù zé bùdá. 'Desire speed but not attain.') — Those who just want speed don't succeed.

This saying from "The Analects of Confucius" teaches that patience and the right method achieves the right result, where trying to do the same thing too quickly (by cutting corners) does not. It's similar to: "More haste, less speed." Tweet

Friendship (10 sayings)

Rare as true love is, true friendship is rarer. Chinese people have always thought very highly of friendship, so there are many old sayings about it.

1. 近水知鱼性, 近山识鸟音。 (Jìn shuǐ zhī yúxìng; jìn shān shí niǎoyīn. 'near water know fish shape, near mountain know bird sound') — To know a fish go to the water; to know a bird's song go to the mountains.

This verse from 'Expanding Virtue Literature' (增广贤文) teaches that to know someone you should go to his or her home.

2. 听君一席话,胜读十年书。(Tīng jūn yīxíhuà, shèng dú shíniánshū 'hear gentleman remarks, beats reading ten year books') — Listening to a lord's remarks is better than reading books for ten years.

3. 凡人不可貌相, 海水不可斗量。 (Fánrén bù kě màoxiàng, hǎishuǐ bù kě dòuliàng. 'mortals can't judge by appearance, sea water can't cup measure') — Man cannot be judged by looks; seas cannot be measured by cup.

In short: "don't judge by appearances".

4. 有缘千里来相会。(Yǒuyuán qiānlǐ lái xiānghuì. 'Have fate 1,000 li [or a long way] together meet') — Fate brings people together from far apart.

This proverb espouses that human relationships are decreed by fate.

5. 君子之交淡如水。 (Jūnzǐ zhī jiāo dàn rú shuǐ 'gentleman's friendship bland like water') — A gentleman's friendship is insipid as water.

6. 入乡随俗。 (Rù xiāng suí sú 'enter district follow custom') — When entering a locality follow the local customs.

Like: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

7. 患难见真情。 (Huànnàn jiàn zhēnqíng 'Hardship see true situation') — In hardship we see true friendship.

Similar to: "A friend in need is a friend indeed."

8. 知音难觅。 (Zhīyīn nánmì. 'soul mate hard find') — An intimate friend is hard to find.

9. 广交友,无深交。 (Guǎng jiāoyǒu, wú shēnjiāo. 'widely make friends, no deep friendship') — Numerous friends means no deep friendship.

Similar to: "A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody." Tweet

10. 道不同,不相为谋。 (Dào bùtóng, bù xiāng wéi móu. 'principles different, not harmonious for schemes') — Men of different principles don't work well together.

Love (10 sayings)

Love is an eternal theme for sayings, and it's no different in China. Here are some Chinese idioms about love and romance.

These old sayings usually espouse love or commitment to love.

1. 一见钟情。 (Yíjiàn zhōngqíng. 'one look fall-in-love') — Love at first sight.

It's generally used for people, but you can also use it for other physical things/activities... Tweet

2. 愿得一人心,白首不相离。(Yuàndé yīrénxīn, báishǒu bùxiānglí. 'wish get a person heart, white head not one-another apart) — Long for a heart, never be apart.

3. 执子之手,与子偕老。 (Zhí zǐ zhī shǒu, yǔ zǐ xiélǎo. 'grasp your hand, with you grow-old-together) — Hold hands with you, grow old with you.

Like 2., this expresses lifelong commitment in love.

爱不是占有,而是欣赏。 (Ai bú shì zhànyǒu, ér shì xīnshǎng. 'love isn't having, but is appreciating') — Love isn't about having, it's about enjoying (what you have).

4. 爱屋及乌。(Ai wū jí wū. 'love house and crow') — Love the house and its crow.

It means that love encompasses everything connected with somebody: "Love me, love my dog." Tweet

5. 萝卜青菜,各有所爱。 (Luóbo qīngcài, gè yǒu suǒ ài. 'radishes greens, each have that-which loves') — Radishes and greens, each have those who love them.

I.e. "one man's meat is another man's poison" or "each to his own". Tweet

6. 在天愿作比翼鸟,在地愿为连理枝。 (Zài tiān yuàn zuò bǐyìniǎo, zài dì yuàn wéi liánlǐzhī. 'in sky wish be fly-wing-to-wing birds; on earth wish be grow-together branches.) — Birds flying in the sky as one; branches growing on the earth as one.

This is a wish for conjugal bliss.

7. 有情人终成眷属。 (Yǒuqínɡrén zhōnɡ chénɡ juànshǔ. 'in-love people finally become spouses') — People in love become spouses in the end.

I.e. love will find a way.

8. 情人眼里出西施。 (Qínɡrén yǎnlǐ chū xīshī. 'lover eye inside appears Xishi [name; foremost of the Four Legendary Chinese Beauties]) — In a lover's eye is the foremost Beauty.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

9. 爱之深,责之切。(Ài zhī shēn zé zhī qiē. 'love's deep, discipline's cutting') — Love deep, chastise deep.

This is the Chinese proverb for "tough love".

10. 有情饮水饱,无情食饭饥。 (Yǒuqínɡ yínshuǐbǎo, wúqínɡ shífànjī. 'Have affection drink water full; no affection eat food hungry') — With love water is enough; without love food doesn't satisfy.

It's similar to Proverbs 15:17 — "Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred there with."

Family (10 Sayings)

1. 月到中秋分外明,每逢佳节倍思亲。 (Yuè dào zhōngqiū fènwài míng, měi féng jiājié bèi sīqīn. 'moon reach Mid-Autumn exceptionally bright, every holiday multiply homesick') — The harvest moon is brightest; every festival homesickness multiplies.

Familial longing is greatest in China on its traditional family reunion festivals, like Mid-Autumn, the harvest moon festival. More of the meaning behind this saying is revealed in Mid-Autumn Festival's Traditions.

2. 儿行千里母担忧。 (Er xíng qiānlǐ mǔ dānyōu. 'son travels 1,000 li [a long way; 500 km] mother worries') — When children travel far, mothers worry.

3. 但愿人长久,千里共婵娟。(Dànyuàn rénchángjiǔ, qiānlǐ gòngchánjuān. 'Yet wish personlong-time, 1,000 li [a long way; 500 km] share moon[beauty]') — Wishing us long life, though sharing moonlight from afar.

This poetic verse expresses (familial) love and homesickness, and is one of many Popular Mid-Autumn Festival Sayings.

4. 家和万事兴。 (Jiāhé wànshìxīnɡ. 'family harmonious everything prospers') — If a family is harmonious everything will go well.

It's like the Biblical: "if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand."

5. 家家有本难念的经。 (Jiājiā yǒu běn nán niàn de jīnɡ. 'Every-family has own difficult remembered experience.') — Every family has its problems.

Or: "There're skeletons in every family's closet."

6. 清官难断家务事。 (Qīnɡɡuān nán duàn jiāwùshì. 'honest-official difficult judge household affairs.) — Even an upright official finds it hard to settle a family quarrel.

7. 有其父,必有其子。 (Yǒuqífù,bìyǒuqízǐ. 'have his father, must have his son') — Where there's a father, there's his son.

I.e. "Like father, like son."

8. 家丑不可外扬。 (Jiāchǒu bù kě wài yánɡ. 'family shame can't outside propagate') — Family shames must not be spread abroad.

I.e. "Do not wash your dirty linen in public."

9. 不当家,不知柴米贵。 (Bù dānɡjiā,bù zhī cháimǐ ɡuì. 'Not manage household, not know firewood rice precious') — If you don't run the family, you don't know the value of fuel and rice.

He who heads a family knows the responsibility involved.

10. 金窝,银窝,不如自家的狗窝。 (Jīnwō, yínwō, bùrú zìjiā de ɡǒuwō. 'gold nest, silver nest, not-as-good-as own family's kennel') — Gold and silver nests can't beat one's family kennel.

I.e. "East, west, home is best."

Encouragement (21 sayings)

Positive phrases that make us visualize success are the foundation of morale. In Chinese, there are many old sayings to encourage others to continue (to work hard) despite (or because of) the trials of life.

1. 冰冻三尺,非一日之寒。 (Bīngdòng sān chǐ, fēi yīrì zhī hán. 'freeze 3 chi [3 chi = 1 meter], not one day's cold') — It takes more than one cold day for a river to freeze a meter deep.

This means: "Rome wasn't built in a day." I.e. If you keep working you'll achieve your goal.

2. 机不可失,时不再来。(Jī bùkě shī, shí búzài lái. 'Opportunity can't lose, time not again come') — Don't miss opportunities: time doesn't come round again.

Opportunity knocks but once.Tweet

3. 人心齐,泰山移。(Rénxīn qí, Tàishān yí. 'people heart together, Mount Tai move') — When people work with one heart, they can even move Mount Tai. Tweet

4. 万事开头难。(Wànshì kāitóu nán. 'everything start difficult') — All things are difficult at the start.Tweet

I.e. Things always get easier if you persevere.

5. 失败是成功之母。(Shībài shì chénggōng zhī mǔ. 'failure is success's mother') — Failure is the mother of success.

6. 只要功夫深,铁杵磨成针。 (Zhǐyào gōngfū shēn, tiěchǔ mó chén gzhēn. 'just need effort deep, iron rod grind become needle') — It just needs hard work to grind an iron rod into a needle.

This proverb encourages us to persevere to succeed.

7. 水滴石穿,绳锯木断。 (Shuǐ dī shí chuān, shéng jù mù duàn. 'water drop stone pierce, rope saw wood sever') — Water drops pierce stone; rope saws cut wood.

Patience and persistence can break through anything, no matter how great the difficulty. Similar to Ovid's "Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence."

8. 一日之计在于晨。 (Yīrì zhī jì zàiyú chén. 'a day's plan lies in dawn') — A day's planning is done at dawn.

I.e. make your plans early, or get up early, as this will affect the whole day/undertaking.

9. 千里之行,始于足下。(Qiānlǐ zhī xíng, shǐyú zúxià. 1,000-li [500 km or a long way] journey, start with foot down.) — A thousand-li journey starts with a footfall.

10. 否极泰来。 (Pǐ jí tài lái. 'evil extreme peace come') — Peace replaces extreme evil.

I.e. all nightmares end.

11. 青出于蓝而胜于蓝。 (Qīng chūyú lán ér shèngyú lán. 'green come-from blue moreover surpasses blue') — Green is from blue, and better than blue.

This is used to describe when a disciple has surpassed his master.

12. 老骥伏枥,志在千里。 (Lǎojì fúlì, zhì zài qiānlǐ. 'old warhorse lie stable, ambition at 1,000 li [500 km; a long way]) — An old warhorse in the stable still longs to gallop a thousand li.

This describes one who still cherishes high aspirations in spite of age. Or: "You're never too old to live your dream."

13. 吃得苦中苦,方为人上人。 (Chī dé kǔzhōngkǔ, fāng wéi rénshàngrén. 'eat gain pain in pain, method for man on man') — Enduring deepening pain is how man ascends.

I.e. "No pain, no gain."

14. 先到先得。 (Xiān dào xiān dé. 'first arrive first get') — The first to arrive is the first to succeed.

I.e. "the early bird catches the worm."

15. 守得云开见月明。 (Shǒu dé yún kāi jiàn yuèmíng. 'keep-watch gain cloud open see moonlight') — Watch till clouds part to see moonlight.

I.e. "Every cloud has a silver lining" or trouble will pass.

16. 逆境出人才。 (Nìjìng chū réncái. 'adversity produces talented-person') — Adversity yields flair.

17. 吃一堑,长一智。(Chī yīqiàn, zhǎng yízhì. 'eat a moat, grow a wisdom') — Suffer a moat, grow in wisdom.

Having gone through a setback, one will have gained experience and wisdom, which will be useful if only one can take warning and learn something from the setback. "A fall in a pit, a gain in your wit."

18. 不能一口吃成胖子。(Bùnéng yīkǒu chī chéng pàngzi. 'can't one mouthful eat become fat-person') — You can't get fat with one mouthful.

I.e. Some things aren't accomplished in a moment. Don't give up!

19. 风无常顺,兵无常胜。(Fēng wú chángshùn, bīng wú chángshèng. 'wind not always favorable; soldiers not always win') — Wind isn't always favorable; soldiers aren't always victorious.

This proverb urges us to be fully prepared for difficulties and setbacks: it is impossible to have smooth sailing all the time.

20. 星星之火,可以燎原。 (Xīngxīng zhī huǒ, kěyǐ liáoyuan. 'star's fire, can shine far') — Starlight shines far.

Translated as: "A single spark can start a prairie fire." Seemingly small actions have far-reaching consequences.

21. 哀兵必胜。 (Āibīng bì sheng. 'sorrowful soldiers must win') — An aggrieved army is sure to win.

It means an army burning with righteous indignation is bound to win.

Education (10 sayings)

The Chinese have always attached importance to study, so there are also many idioms to promote study.

1. 书是随时携带的花园。(Shū shì suíshí xiédài de huāyuán. 'book is at-all-times carried garden') — A book is a pocket garden.

2. 活到老,学到老。(Huó dào lǎo, xué dào lǎo. 'live till old, study till old.) — Live till you're old, and study till you're old.

"Don't stop studying" or "you're never too old to learn." Tweet

3. 好书如挚友。(Hǎoshū rú zhìyǒu. 'good book as-good-as close-friend') — A good book is like a good friend.

4. 一寸光阴一寸金,寸金难买寸光阴。(Yícùn guāngyīn yícùnjīn, cùnjīn nán mǎi cùnguāngyīn. '1 cun [Chinese inch, 1/30 m] time 1 cun gold, cun gold difficult buy cun time') — An inch of time is worth an inch of gold, but an inch of gold may not buy an inch of time.

I.e. time is money, but it's difficult to buy time.

5. 好记性不如烂笔头。(Hǎojìxìng bù rú lànbǐtóu. 'good memory not-as-good-as rotten pen') — A good memory can't beat a bad pen.

I.e. "The palest ink is better than the best memory." Tweet

6. 花有重开日,人无再少年。 (Huā yǒu chóng kāi rì, rén wú zài shào nián. 'flower has again open day, people no again youth') — Flowers may bloom again; you're never young again.

I.e. don't waste your youth.

7. 学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆。(Xué ér bùsī zé wǎng, sī ér bùxué zé dài. 'study but not think then deceive, think but not study then dangerous') — Learning without thought is deceptive; thought without learning is perilous.

8. 书到用时方恨少。 (Shū dào yòngshí fāng hènshǎo. 'books till use time just-when hate few') — When using books, you'll regret reading few.

This proverb reminds us that we can never read widely enough.

9. 读书须用意,一字值千金。 (dúshū xū yòngyì, yīzì zhí qiānjīn. 'reading books needs use attention, one word worth 1,000 gold') — Reading requires concentration; a word may be worth a fortune.

This proverb stresses the fact that study requires undivided attention. No single word should be passed over before we fully understand it. Only in this way can study be rewarded.

10. 严师出高徒。 (Yánshī chū gāotú. 'strict teacher produces brilliant student') — Strict teachers produce fine students.

Literature (30 sayings)

Proverbs are eloquent and tell the naked truth in a quick turn of phrase, and so make excellent literary devices. Here are 30 literary quotes most frequently used in Chinese daily life.

1. 事实胜于雄辩。 (Shìshí shèng yú xióngbiàn.) — Facts beat eloquence.

From Lu Xun's "Hot Wind" (鲁迅《热风题记》), it's like, "Actions speak louder than words."

2. 一言既出,驷马难追。(Yìyán jì chū, sìmǎ nán zhuī. 'a word already produced, team-of-4-horses difficult chase') — A team of horses will struggle to chase down a spoken word.

From "The Analects of Yan Yuan" (《论语·颜渊》), it means a word spoken can never be taken back, or a promise must be kept. Tweet

3. 路遥知马力,日久见人心。(Lùyáo zhī mǎlì, rìjiǔ jiàn rénxīn. 'road distant know horse strength, days old see man heart') — As distance tests a horse's strength, time reveals a person's character.

From the anonymous work "Fight Gratitude" (《争报恩》) of the Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368), when Mongol horsemen ruled China, this saying tells us that a long period of testing is needed to understand someone's nature and capabilities.

4. 无规矩不成方圆。(Wú guīju bù chéng fāngyuán. 'no standards not become perimeter') — Without standards no boundaries are set.

From the works of Mencius and his students (《孟子·离娄上》), it means: nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards; or: without rules, we're nothing but savages.

5. 惩前毖后。 (Chéngqiánbìhòu. 'punish before prevent after') — Punishing those who come before stops those who come after from doing something.

From "Sacrificial Odes of Zhou" (《周颂》) in the Confucian classic "Book of Songs" (《诗经》), it means: to criticize former mistakes firmly to prevent them happening again; or: learn from past mistakes to avoid future ones.

6. 三思而后行。 (Sānsī ér hòu xíng. "three thoughts and after act") — Think thrice before you act.

From "The Analects" (《论语》), it's like: "Look before you leap."

7. 良药苦口。 (Liángyào kǔ kǒu 'good medicine bitter mouth') — Good medicine tastes bitter.

It means: frank criticism is hard to swallow.

8. 有理走遍天下,无理寸步难行。(Yǒulǐ zǒubiàn tiānxià, wúlǐ cùnbù nánxíng. 'have truth walk all land-under-heaven; no truth cun [Chinese inch; 1/30 m] step difficult walk') — With truth on your side, you can go anywhere; without truth, you can't take a tiny step.

From the philosophical work "White Horse Thesis" (白马论) by Gong Sunlong (公孙龙), this stresses the fact that righteousness will see you through all difficulties, whereas without it your progress will be hampered from the very start.

9. 当局者迷,旁观者清。(Dāngjúzhě mí, pángguānzhě qīng. 'player confused; spectator clear') — The player is lost; the watcher is lucid.

From the "Biography of Yuan Xingchong" in the Old Book of Tang (《旧唐书·元行冲传》), this points out that a person involved in a matter usually does not have a comprehensive overview of it, due to too much concentration on the details, while the onlookers, who have a calmer and more objective attitude, have a better grasp of what is going on.

10. 十年树木,百年树人。 (Shínián shù mù, bǎinián shù rén. '10 years cultivate wood, 100 years cultivate man') — Ten years to cultivate wood, a hundred years to cultivate a man.

From the work of Guan Zhong (《管子·权修 第三》) who was a politician in the Spring and Autumn Period, it means that (though 10 years to grow a tree that's ready to be used as wood is a long time,) a person's education is a life-long process or most time-consuming.

11. 民以食为天。 (Mín yǐ shí wéi tiān. Subjects think food is heaven.) — Food is the first priority of the people.

From "Records of the Grand Historian" (《史记》), it means 'hunger breeds discontent', and it's full form is "王者以民人为天,而民人以食为天。" — 'Kings treat the people as heaven, moreover people treat food as heaven.' … meaning a ruler's first priority is his subjects; the subjects first priority is food.

12. 善有善报。 (Shàn yǒu shànbào. 'good have good recompense') — Repay good with good.

From the Southern Dynasties work "New Wine and Meat" (《新酒肉文》) by Emperor Wu of Liang (464–549), it means: virtue has its rewards; or: one good turn deserves another.

13. 顾左右而言他。(Gù zuǒyòu ér yán tā. 'deliberately approximate and talk something-else') — Deliberately vague and deflective.

From "King Hui of Liang" in the Book of Mencius (《孟子·梁惠王下》), it means to be vague and elusive under questioning.

14. 几家欢喜几家愁。(Jǐjiā huānxǐ jǐjiā chou. 'few families happy few families worried') — While some are happy, some are anxious.

It means: one man's disaster is another man's delight.

15. 人过留名,雁过留声。(Rén guò liúmíng, yàn guò liúsheng. 'man passes leaves name, swallow passes leaves sound') — A person leaves a reputation, as a swallow leaves its call.

From the 32nd chapter of Legend of Heroes (《儿女英雄传》), it means that someone's reputation is easily remembered.

16. 万事俱备,只欠东风。(Wànshì jù bèi, zhǐ qiàn dōngfēng. 'all ready, only lack east wind') — Everything's ready except the east wind.

From the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" (《三国演义》), this means that everything is ready except what is crucial.

17. 麻雀虽小,五脏俱全。(Máquè suī xiǎo, wǔzàng jù quán. 'sparrow although small, five organs entirely complete') — Small as it is, the sparrow has all the vital organs.

From Qian Zhongshu's work "Fortress Besieged" (《围城》), it means that although something looks small, its content is very comprehensive.

18. 桂林山水甲天下。(Guìlín shānshuǐ jiǎtiānxià. Guilin mountains-and-water best under-heaven) — Guilin's scenery's best on earth.

It was written by Song Dynasty governor of Guilin, Wang Zhenggong (王正功,1133–1203) as part of a poem in 1201, and has been so often quoted in Chinese culture that Guilin has become the image of scenic beauty in China.

19. 哑巴吃饺子,心里有数。 (Yǎba chī jiǎozi, xīnlǐ yǒushù. 'mute eats dumplings, heart inside has number') — When a mute eats dumplings, he knows how many he has eaten.

This is used to point out that someone knows the situation quite well, yet says nothing… as is common in Chinese culture. Chinese tend to keep their thoughts to themselves… see more on Chinese and Western Thought.

20. 人逢喜事精神爽。 (Rén féng xǐshì jīngshén shuǎng. 'man meet happy-occasion spirit invigorated') — A happy occasion gladdens the spirit.

From "Journey to the West" (《西游记》), it means that everyone likes a happy occasion.

21.一举两得。(Yī jǔ liǎng dé. 'one move two gains') — Two benefits from one action.

Variously attributed to "History of the Later Han Dynasty" (c. 200), "The Book of Jin" (420), "Stories to Caution the World" (1624, Feng Menglong), and Lu Xun's collected letters, this is the Chinese version of "to kill two birds with one stone" (一石二鸟。Yīshíèrniǎo. 'one stone two birds'), possibly of Ovid.

22. 如坐针毡。 (Rú zuò zhēnzhān. 'like sit needle felt') — Like sitting on a carpet of needles.

It means to feel tense and uneasy.

23. 逆来顺受。 (Nì lái shùn shòu. 'adversity come follow receive') — When adversity comes, receive it favorably.

It means to take things as they come.

24. 化干戈为玉帛。 (Huà gāngē wéiyùbó. 'change shield spear for jade silk') — Replace weapons with jade and silk.

From the first chapter of the "Huainanzi" (《淮南子·原道训》), i.e. to "bury the hatchet" and work for peace.

25. 此地无银三百两。 (Cǐ dì wú yín sānbǎi liǎng. 'this ground no silver 300 taels') — This ground doesn't have 300 taels of silver.

It comes from a folk story about a man who buried a lot of silver and, because people suspected that's what he had done, put up a sign saying, "300 taels of silver are not in this ground." His neighbor King Two then stole the silver and put up a sign saying: "Your neighbor King Two did not steal it."

It means to reveal what one intends to hide, i.e. don't try to prove what people suspect, or you'll make your guilt still more obvious.

26. 兵不厌诈。 (Bīng bù yàn zhà.) — Soldiers don't hate deceit.

From an ancient Chinese political philosopher Master Han Fei's work "Han Feizi" (《韩非子》), it means: nothing is too deceitful in war, or: there can never be too much deception in war, or: all's fair in war

27. 木已成舟,生米煮成熟饭。 (Mù yǐ chéng zhōu, Shēngmǐ zhǔ chéng shúfàn. 'timber already become boat;raw rice boiled into cooked rice') — The timber's already a boat; the rice is cooked.

It means: what's done cannot be undone.

28. 身体力行。 (Shēn tǐlì xíng. 'body physical-strength acts') — A body acts according to physical strength.

From the "Huainanzi" (《淮南子·原道训》), it means: practice what you preach.

29. 大智若愚。 (Dàzhì ruò yú. 'great wisdom seem stupid') — Great wisdom can seem foolish.

From "Laozi" (《老子》), it means: great intelligence may appear to be stupidity, and is sometimes used to describe a situation where "he knows most who speaks least".

30. 捷足先登。 (Jiézú xiān dēng. 'quick foot first climb') — The quick footed climb first.

From the Historical Records (《史记》), i.e. "first come, first served", or "the early bird gets the worm", this is the old version of "先到先得" (Encouragement #14 above).

Dragons (10 sayings)

Dragons are found in many aspects of Chinese culture, including sayings. Chinese dragons are seen as lucky and good — quite different to dragons in most Western stories.

1. 龙飞凤舞。 (Lóng fēi fèn gwǔ. 'dragon flies phoenix dances') — The dragon flies and the phoenix dances.

It refers to a flamboyant style of calligraphy, and writing devoid of content.

2. 龙马精神。 (Lóng mǎ jīngshén. 'dragon horse spirit') — A dragon's and a horse's spirit.

It refers to a vigorous spirit in old age.

3. 鱼龙混杂。(Yú lóng hùnzá. 'fish dragons muddle mix') — A muddled mix of fish and dragons.

It refers to crooks mixed in with honest folk.

4. 龙腾虎跃。 (Lóng téng hǔ yuè. 'dragon soars tiger leaps') — Dragons soaring and tigers leaping.

It refers to a scene of bustling activity.

5. 车水马龙。 (Chē shuǐ mǎ long. 'carriage water horse dragon') — Carriages like a stream and horses like a dragon.

It refers to a scene of heavy traffic (Chinese dragons have very long bodies).

6. 龙潭虎穴。 (Lóng tán hǔ xué. 'dragon pool tiger cave') — A dragon's pool and a tiger's den.

It refers to a very dangerous spot.

7. 画龙点睛。 (Huàlóngdiǎnjīng. 'paint dragon dot eye') — Paint a dragon and dot the eye.

It refers to adding the vital finishing touch; the crucial point that brings the subject to life.

8. 叶公好龙。 (Yè Gōng hào long.) — Lord Ye loves dragons.

It refers to someone who pretends to like something that he really fears.

9. 鲤鱼跳龙门。 (Lǐyú tiào lóng mén. 'carp jump dragon gate') — A carp has jumped the dragon's gate.

It refers to someone who has successfully passed the civil service examination.

10. 强龙难压地头蛇。 (Qiáng lóng nán yā dìtóu shé. 'strong dragon difficult suppress local snake') — Even a dragon struggles to control a snake in its native haunt.

This means: powerful outsiders can hardly afford to neglect local villains.

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This is a list of popular English proverbs. Proverbs are also known as sayings. Proverbs give some form of life advice. Every language and culture has them, and many proverbs exist in more than one language. It is important not to miss any of the words in most proverbs because the meaning can be lost if even one word is changed or left out. This list of English proverbs includes definitions and examples, and is meant to improve English vocabulary and English cultural knowledge.

1PROVERBAbsence makes the heart grow fonder
MEANINGBeing away from someone or something for a period of time makes you appreciate that person or thing more when you see them or it again
EXAMPLE“I used to hate going to my aunt’s house, but now I kind of miss it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
2PROVERBActions speak louder than words.
MEANINGWhat you do is more important than what you say
EXAMPLE“Don’t just tell me you’re going to change. Do it! Actions speak louder than words.”
3PROVERBA journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
MEANINGYou must begin something if you hope to finish it; something that takes a long time to finish begins with one step
EXAMPLE“If you want to lose weight, you need to stop eating junk, and you need to start exercising. Today. Not tomorrow. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
4PROVERBAll good things must come to an end
MEANINGEverything ends; good times don’t last forever
EXAMPLE“I wish this vacation would go on forever. It’s too bad that all good things must come to an end.”
5PROVERBA picture is worth a thousand words
MEANINGAn image can tell a story better than words
EXAMPLE“I wasn’t sure that he loved her, but then I saw them hugging at the airport. A picture is worth a thousand words.”
6PROVERBA watched pot never boils
MEANINGIf something takes time to do, it doesn’t help to constantly check on it. You just have to give it time.
EXAMPLE“I know you think he’s going to be a great guitar player one day, but stop criticizing him so much. He just started taking lessons two weeks ago! A watched pot never boils.”
7PROVERBBeggars can’t be choosers
MEANINGIf you’re in a bad situation and someone offers to help you, you have to take whatever they give you and shouldn’t ask for more
EXAMPLE“I was unemployed, and they offered me a job cleaning prison toilets. I didn’t like the job, but I accepted it. Beggars can’t be choosers.”
8PROVERBBeauty is in the eye of the beholder
MEANINGWhat is “beautiful” is different for each person
EXAMPLE“I think their house is ugly, but they seem to like it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
9PROVERBBetter late than never
MEANINGIt’s better to finish something late than to never do it at all
EXAMPLE“Hello, Mr. Jameson. Here is my final essay. Better late than never, right?”
10PROVERBBirds of a feather flock together
MEANINGPeople who are similar spend time together
EXAMPLE“I think we all started hanging out because we all liked anime. Birds of a feather flock together.”
11PROVERBCleanliness is next to godliness
MEANINGIt’s good to be clean. God is clean, and you should be too.
EXAMPLE“Go take a shower before your date. You know what they say; cleanliness is next to godliness.”
12PROVERBDon’t bite the hand that feeds you
MEANINGDon’t make someone angry or hurt someone who is helping you or paying for you
EXAMPLE“You had a fight with your boss? Are you stupid? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
13PROVERBDon’t count your chickens before they hatch.
MEANINGDon’t expect a positive result before you actually see it
EXAMPLEA: “This idea is going to make me millions of dollars!”
B: “Whoa. Let’s slow down. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”
14PROVERBDon’t judge a book by its cover
MEANINGDon’t judge someone or something by appearance alone
EXAMPLE“Racism is still a problem today, and it will continue to be that way until we learn not to judge a book by its cover.”
15PROVERBDon’t put all of your eggs in one basket
MEANINGDon’t put all of your hopes and resources into one goal or dream
EXAMPLE“I know you really want to be an actor, but don’t you think you’re being financially irresponsible? Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.”
16PROVERBDon’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today
MEANINGIf you can do something today, do it. Don’t wait until tomorrow; don’t procrastinate.
EXAMPLE“You have 6 hours of free time now. You should start on that final psychology assignment. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”
17PROVERBDon’t put too many irons in the fire
MEANINGDon’t try to do too many things at the same time; focus on one thing at a time
EXAMPLE“No wonder you’re exhausted. You’re trying to work 4 jobs at the same time! You have too many irons in the fire right now.”
18PROVERBEasy come, easy go
MEANINGWhen you make money quickly, it’s very easy to lose it quickly as well
EXAMPLE“I won $200 at the casino, and then I spent it on a very expensive meal for me and some friends. Easy come, easy go.”
19PROVERBFortune favors the bold
MEANINGPeople who are brave and who take risks are more successful than people who are do things safely all the time
EXAMPLE“It’s a risk, but the reward could be great. I say you go for it. Fortune favors the bold.”
20PROVERBGod helps those who help themselves
MEANINGDon’t just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to make them happen
EXAMPLE“If you want a better life, you can’t just sit on your butt thinking about it. You have to work to make it happen. God helps those who help themselves.”
21PROVERBGood things come to those who wait
MEANINGIf you are patient, good things can happen
EXAMPLE“I know you’re hungry, but stop being so impatient. We just ordered our food. Good things come to those who wait.”
22PROVERBHonesty is the best policy
MEANINGIt’s always better to tell the truth than it is to lie
EXAMPLE“If you want people to trust you, you need to be honest with them. Honesty is the best policy.”
23PROVERBHope for the best, prepare for the worst
MEANINGIn any situation, be optimistic about the result, but always be ready for the worst outcome
EXAMPLE“We’re going on vacation next week. It’s supposed to rain a lot, so we’re bringing our umbrellas and a bunch of board games. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”
24PROVERBIf it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
MEANINGIf something is already working well, don’t try to change it or improve it
EXAMPLE“Why are you trying to upgrade your PC again? It was working fine before. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
25PROVERBIf you can’t beat ’em, join ’em
MEANINGIf you can’t change someone’s behavior or opinion, sometimes it’s better or easier to do what they want to do
EXAMPLE“I told Mark that we needed to study, but he kept playing video games. Eventually I gave up and just played video games too. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
26PROVERBIf you play with fire, you’ll get burned
MEANINGIf you get involved in something dangerous or beyond your abilities, you will probably experience negative consequences
EXAMPLE“Don’t make him angry. If you play with fire, you’ll get burned.”
27PROVERBIf you want something done right, you have to do it yourself
MEANINGDon’t depend on someone else to do a good job; do it yourself
EXAMPLE“I asked my roommate to wash the dishes, but they ended up super filthy! I guess it’s true what they say: if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”
28PROVERBKeep your friends close, and your enemies closer
MEANINGIf someone is your enemy, treat them like a friend so you can be ready if they ever try to betray you
EXAMPLE“We don’t trust each other, but we have to be nice to each other because we work for the same company. I’m worried about him stealing my promotion, so I’m going to keep being nice to him. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer, and all that.”
29PROVERBKnowledge is power
MEANINGThe more you know, the more powerful you can be in different areas of your life
EXAMPLE“When we were kids, our parents taught us how to swim. That knowledge helped me to save my cousin’s life when he was 5 years old. Knowledge is power.”
30PROVERBLaughter is the best medicine.
MEANINGWhen you’re in a difficult situation, laughing can make it easier to get through that situation
EXAMPLE“I’m sorry to hear about your dog. Want to watch a funny movie? Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine.”
31PROVERBLike father, like son
MEANINGSaid when a son is similar to his father; also, “Like mother, like daughter”
EXAMPLE“Ryan started playing hockey at a very young age. He’s just like his dad. Like father, like son.”
32PROVERBNo man is an island
MEANINGNo one is truly capable of living alone. We need human connection to be healthy
EXAMPLE“You can’t just abandon your friends and family. No man is an island.”
33PROVERBPeople who live in glass houses should not throw stones
MEANINGDon’t criticize someone if you’re not perfect either; don’t be a hyprocrite
EXAMPLE“Why are you always bothering her about being addicted to her phone? You’ve been smoking for 20 years and haven’t been able to give it up. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”
34PROVERBPractice makes perfect
MEANINGThe more you do something, the better you will become at it
EXAMPLE“Don’t give up on learning the violin. Practice makes perfect.”
35PROVERBThe early bird gets the worm
MEANINGPeople who wake up early or who get to places early have a better chance of success
EXAMPLE“I got to the ticket office before anyone else. I got front row seats to the show! The early bird gets the worm.”
36PROVERBThe enemy of my enemy is my friend
MEANINGIf someone whom I don’t like doesn’t like someone else whom I don’t like, we can act like friends and unite against the other person (common in war)
EXAMPLE“I don’t like you, you don’t like me. But I think we can agree that we both HATE Daniel. Let’s work together and get him fired! The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right?”
37PROVERBThe grass is always greener on the other side
MEANINGPeople always want what they don’t have
EXAMPLEA: “I’m jealous of all the free time my single friends have.”
B: “Yeah, but your friends are probably jealous of you too in some ways. The grass is always greener on the other side.”
38PROVERBThe pen is mightier than the sword
MEANINGIf you’re trying to convince someone of something, words and ideas are stronger than using physical force (common in politics)
EXAMPLE“We must avoid this war and use diplomacy to solve our problems. The pen is mightier than the sword.”
39PROVERBThere is no place like home
MEANINGYour home is the most comfortable place in the world
EXAMPLE“What a tiring vacation! I’m glad to be back in my own bed again. There’s no place like home.”
40PROVERBThere is no such thing as a free lunch.
MEANINGNothing is free. Even the things that are free have a hidden cost
EXAMPLE“His bank gave him $50 for free, but he had to commit to opening a credit card account. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
41PROVERBThere is no time like the present
MEANINGDon’t wait to do something. Do it now.
EXAMPLE“Why don’t you stop talking about needing to call your mom? Just CALL her! There is no time like the present.”
42PROVERBThe squeaky wheel gets the grease
MEANINGThe person who complains in a situation is more likely to get something.
EXAMPLEA: “I just don’t understand why she’s received so many promotions, and I’m still at the bottom of the company!”
B: “She complains a lot. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”
43PROVERBTime is money
MEANINGDon’t waste your time or other people’s time; also, if you can use your time to make money in some way, you should do that.
EXAMPLE“Hurry up! Time is money!”
44PROVERBTwo heads are better than one
MEANINGIt’s easier to do something as a team than by yourself
EXAMPLE“I’m stuck on this project. Can you help me out? Two heads are better than one.”
45PROVERBTwo wrongs don’t make a right
MEANINGTrying to get revenge on someone who has hurt you will only make things worse
EXAMPLE“I know she made you angry, but did you have to steal her phone? Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
46PROVERBWhen in Rome, do as the Romans do
MEANINGWhen you are in a new place or situation, try to act like the majority of people in that place or situation.
EXAMPLEA: “You’ve been eating a lot of bread and cheese on this Paris vacation.”
B: “Hey, when in Rome.”
47PROVERBWhen the going gets tough, the tough get going
MEANINGWhen a situation becomes difficult, strong people don’t give up; they work harder
EXAMPLE“My great grandfather survived the Great Depression. You know the phrase, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going?’ That was my great grandfather.”
48PROVERBWhere there’s smoke, there’s fire
MEANINGIf something seems wrong, it probably is; also, there is usually some truth to a rumor
EXAMPLE“Matilda came to school with a black eye today. She cried when I asked her about it after class and didn’t want to say anything about her parents. I don’t want to speculate too much, but where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.”
49PROVERBYou can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink it
MEANINGYou can try to help someone by giving good advice, but you can’t force them to accept it or follow it
EXAMPLE“She tried to help her brother find a job by improving his resume, but he didn’t do anything with it. I guess you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink it.”
50PROVERBYou can’t always get what you want
MEANINGDon’t complain if you don’t get what you want
EXAMPLEA: I really wanted to see that movie, but I didn’t have enough money last week
B: It happens. You can’t always get what you want, right?

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140 Wise Quotes About Love, Life, and Loving Friendships

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Life is a gift.

When we embrace all that life has to offer, we can achieve success both personally and professionally. One way to do this is to surround ourselves with love.  Love with a romantic partner, love for family and friends, and love for living life to the fullest.  When we set our goals to focus on what's truly important, it's easy to find meaning with our daily actions.

That's why in this post, you will discover 140 great quotes that focus on all aspects of love (i.e. romantic love, great friendships, and love for experiencing all that life has to offer.) And wise quotes about everything in between.

To help you out, we have separated this post into five sections, with a few large picture quotes to share with your loved ones.

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What You Will Learn

What is the Meaning of Love?

If you have chosen to be your best even when the other person you are with isn't at their best, then you have chosen to love this person, and this person is likely your best friend. Love is more than a feeling; it should also be considered an enacted emotion.

And if you'd like to take your romance to the next level, then we recommend two things: 

  1. Create a few of the 21 relationship goals that we cover here.
  2. Scheduling regular date nights with your significant other.

Remember: Love is kindness, and love is an adventure.  So let's learn more about this by checking out the following short inspirational quotes:

Love Quotes and Sayings

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”– Lao Tzu

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”– Victor Hugo

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball

“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”– Richard Warren

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.”– Helen Keller

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”– Thomas Merton

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

​“Love is a friendship set to music.”– Joseph Campbell

​“In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.”– Theodor Reik

“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.”– George W. Melville

“Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican

“Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, love protects you from age.”– Jeanne Moreau

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”– Sam Keen

​“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”– Albert Ellis

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – Sarah Dessen

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”– William Shakespeare

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. Sometimes love blinds us, other times it lets us see.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“If you have it, Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” – James M. Barrie

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” – H. L. Menken

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.” – Thomas Mann

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Whoso loves believes the impossible.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” – Rumi

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“What will survive of us is love.” – Philip Larkin

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.' … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” – Seneca

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are most alive when we're in love.” – John Updike

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens

“Love alone can rekindle life.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” – Madame de Stael

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“Nobody has ever measured — not even poets — how much love the human heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin

There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” – Dodie Smith

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” – Sophocles

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E. M. Forster

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C. S. Lewis

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” – Mitch Albom

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – e. e. cummings

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

Want some more wise quotes related to love? Check out some of these affirmation and quote posts dealing with self-love, happiness, and all the good stuff in life.

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? That is a question we aren't sure can really be answered fully. But a good way to describe life is to find meaning in everything you do and learn to love every aspect of your daily routine. Put simply: You to understand “your why” behind everything that you do.

Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” The following inspirational quotes about life may be just what you need today:

Wise Quotes About Life

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

​“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

​“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”– Voltaire

“There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice.” – Shad Helmstetter

​“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”– George Bernard Shaw

“No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” – Winston Churchill

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”– Abraham Lincoln

​“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”– Les Brown

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

​“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”– Dale Carnegie

​“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”– Alexander Graham Bell

​“An unexamined life is not worth living.”– Socrates

​“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

​“You can never plan the future by the past.”– Edmund Burke

​“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Dennis P. Kimbro

​“At the end of their lives, people assess how they've done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so.”– Anna Quindlen

“Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.” – Wally Amos

​“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”– Vivian Komori

​“In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”– Robert Frost

​The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”– W. M. Lewis

“Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living.” – Mary Kay Morrison

​“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”– Denis Waitley

​“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”– Vince Lombardi

Quotes on Loving Life

One of the sad things in life is that we don’t live our life backward, Benjamin Button style. How great would it be to couple the wisdom of age with the energy of youth by living backward?

Unfortunately, that is not the way things work.

In life, we gain important pieces of wisdom through experience and practicing a few of the 23 strategies for daily self-improvement.

All that said, there is a lot of wisdom that can be found by looking at quotes from people who have learned to love life.  Here are a few of our favorites:

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” – Robert Frost

“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” – Brian Rathbone

“The problem is that when you get it, you're too damned old to do anything about it.”​– Jimmy Connors

“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.”– Ming-Dao Deng

“You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” ​– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.” – John Keats

“He who has a way to live can bear almost anyhow.”​– Friedrich Nietzsche

“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”– Thomas Carlyle

“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”– C.G. Jung

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience, and being persistent.” – Billy Graham

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ​– Auguste Rodin

“People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.”– Paulo Coelho

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”– John Gardner

“Life isn't sure; life is scary. It doesn't mean you stop living it.”– Susan May Warren

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” – Bob Goff

​“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”– Stephen Chbosky

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.”– Pete Seeger

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”– William Faulkner

The Meaning of Friendship

One thing that life experiences teach us is that you never get “something for nothing”.

Even when you are only dealing with yourself, having some sort of a reason for doing an action is integral to the success of that action. Perhaps you can think of it as “bribing yourself”.

To see what I’m talking about, check out these 155 Methods of Rewarding Yourself.

Love is another area where time and experience bring wisdom. Love is something most people are looking for, either directly or indirectly.

The following wise quotes talk about the importance of forming lifelong friendships that enrich and enhance your daily routine. In essence, when you have great friends, you’ll surround yourself with great conversations where you can know one another on a deep level.    

When discovering the real meaning of friendship, you need to realize that the friendship goes beyond simply sharing your time together; it is sharing long-lasting time together while developing a meaningful connection.

However, it is also important to remember that friendship can mean different things to different people, but it is all around inspiring as you will see by all of the inspiring quotes we have included below:

​Quotes About Friendship ​

​“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” – Ally Condie

​“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

​“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.” – Oscar Wilde

“Make a friend when you don't need one.” – Jamaican Proverb

​“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry

​“Friends are God's way of taking care of us.” – Author unknown

​True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson

​“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides

​“Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love.” – Ed Cunningham

Some of these quotes on friendship are wonderful. In some ways, I feel good friendship can be as important as love. Actually, friendship can be a form of love itself.

When it comes to habits, one of the most important aspects of friendship is the “mirror” a good friend can provide, like in the George Herbert wise friendship quote above.

This “mirror” is essentially accountability and is one of the single most powerful tools for achieving success with your habits. Find out more about accountability and what it can do for you here.

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Final Thoughts on These Love Quotes

Love is all around us!  Whether it’s your partner, family, friends, or even the activities you enjoy on a deep level, you can find plenty of examples of this powerful emotion.  Hopefully, these love quotes inspired you and gave you something to think about.

And if you like these quotes, then be sure to check out the others that we have:

Thanks for checking out this wisdom, love, and friendship quote post.  I would appreciate it if you would save your favorite quote on your “go-to” social media platform. And hope you are having a wonderful, loving day!

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Wisdom is a great source of power. It’s through others’ stories of failure and success that we learn the most. It’s through their experiences of things we have yet to witness that feeds us the knowledge we need to fly high, to build upon what we already know.

Related:A Word to the Un-Wise: 5 Keys to Wisdom and Wealth

There is little in life that a wise mind can’t conquer. And it’s the sage-like guidance that inspires us to make our life that much better.

Here are 19 insightful quotes from people who lived exceptional lives.

1. “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

2. “You can never plan the future by the past.” —Edmund Burke

3. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

4. “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” —Dalai Lama

5. “Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin Franklin

6. “He that respects himself is safe from others.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

7. “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” —Robert Frost

9. “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

10. “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” —Elbert Hubbard

11. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” —Nelson Mandela

12. “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” —C. S. Lewis

13. “Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” —John D. Rockefeller

14. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

15. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

16. “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

17. “When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” —George C. Marshall

18. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” —Henry Van Dyke

19. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” —Abraham Lincoln

Related: Seeking Advice: The Wisest Way to Hit the Next Level of Success

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Lydia Sweatt is the web producer for She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Dallas native. She enjoys painting, a hefty taco and discovering new music.

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