You are saying that such people may become prince or thieves, depending on whether they’re successful or not.
The higher the rank, the worse the memory. How could you remember us?
A starved camel is bigger than a horse. No matter how, a hair from your body is thicker than our waist.
But he was like the fisherman who fishes for three days and then suns his net for two.
Storms gather without warning in nature, and bad luck befalls men overnight.
You can know a man’s face but not his heart.
“A toad hankering for a taste of swan,” scoffed Ping-erh. “The beast hasn’t a shred of common decency. He deserves a bad end for dreaming of such a thing.”
Trees fall and monkey scatter.
The abler a man, the busier he gets.
Keep one eye on the bowl and the other on the pan.
He’s old enough to have seen a pig run, even if he hasn’t yet tasted pork himself.
Even the longest feast must break up at last.
Enemies and lovers are destined to meet.
A gold pin may fall into the well, but if it’s yours it remains yours.
A thousand pieces of gold can hardly purchase a smile.
As people say, “other countries, other ways”. Here with a person like you, gold, pearls, jade and jewels, must all count as vulgar.
This is what is known as “fighting poison with poison, and fire with fire”.
“I don’t have to ask,” retorted Pao-chai. “One doesn’t expect ivory from a dog’s mouth.”
The proverb says: “Things have their associations.” But water the whole world over in the last analysis comes from the same source. He could have ladled out a bowl of water anywhere and wept over it to work off his feelings.
Life and death are determined by fate, rank and riches decreed by Heaven.
For as the proverb says, “There is no holding someone who wants to leave.” It’s sure to work out all right.
True gold will find its price.
You can’t force an ox to bend to drink, would he kill my parents if I refuse?
One doesn’t talk about midgets in front of dwarfs.
All difficulties on earth can be overcome if men but give their minds to it.
As the proverb says, “The fortune of each is predestined.”
Illness comes as fast as wall falling down, but goes as slowly as unraveling a cocoon.
The spectators see most of the sport.
To catch rebels first catch the chief.
“Now you can be as naughty as you like.” She teased. “Before this it was a case of ‘A single thread can’t make a cord nor a single tree a forest’. But now that there are two of you, next time, you’ve beaten for raising a rumpus you can run away to Nanking to find your double.”
Then thousand taels of gold are easier come by than an understanding heart.
All crows are black the world over.
It’s best to be easy on people --- saves trouble.
We learn from experience.
This is like the rat in the barn who asked a crow for grain, as if a bird on the wing had some while the rat living in the barn had none.
In that case, we’d better do as she asks instead of standing on ceremony.
A prosperous family ought to minimize big scandals and overlook minor ones.
As the old saying goes, “Lack of talent in a woman is a virtue”.
Desperation drives men to rebel and a dog to jump over a wall.
As the saying goes, “A good wife keeps her husband out of trouble --- a sound woman counts for more than a sound man”.
As the proverb says, “One who will risk being sliced to pieces dare unsaddle the Emperor”.
So I’d rather strike the golden bell once instead of trying all the broken drums.
You’re like “the magistrate who goes in arson but won’t allow common people to light a lamp”.
A girl changes eighteen times before reaching womanhood.
Not even good officials can settle family troubles.
“There is no help for it.” Lady Wang answered. As the saying goes, “A married daughter --- split water”, so what can I do about it?
As the proverb says, “Men must choose between progress and comfort.” Keep what I have told you in mind.
“Bad for a man to be famed, bad for a pig to grow fat.” The proverb says. Especially as with us this is empty fame. Goodness knows what the end will be.
No one knows fat on just one mouthful.
The way to happiness is never smooth.