In everyday life, you must have often heard the proverbial term. What’s a proverb? A proverb is a parable of a word that has deep meaning. There are many sayings in this world, one of which is a saying from China. Chinese people are considered as one of the wise people in dealing with things, especially in matters of life and success.

The existence of a saying and proverb is also used as a way to motivate yourself to become a better person.

It is common knowledge that Chinese people are very well known for their tenacity in achieving success, especially in managing a business. That is what sometimes makes many people amazed and curious. What are their success tips?

There are tons of Chinese sayings that are very interesting and worth learning. Some of them teach the philosophy of life and can provide advice and encouragement in facing difficulties. So, in order to answer your curiosity about Chinese success tips, this time Enjoy Shanghai tries to summarize 99 Chinese proverbs and sayings that you can apply in achieving success.


1, Don’t let criticism discourage you


2, If you want someone else to do what you ask, set an appropriate example


3, Successful people are not relaxed, casual people are not successful


4, The greatest success is not because you have failed, but rise every time you fail.


5, From myself, it must be instilled that nothing is free. It is not permissible to be someone who just stretches out his hands waiting to be given someone, must be able and try to support himself


6, Being young means that you still have plenty of time to turn your chances into success. No matter how diligent he is when he is old, there is not much time left until the day he dies


7, Success is not success that is only pursued from time to time, but must be strived for every time. Those who only occasionally taste success, are not true successes.


8, Recognizing your potential is the first step in building a path of success. A path that only you can master, without significant competitors.


9, Experience is the best teacher. Whether you want to go to business school abroad or memorize hundreds of theories, it’s meaningless if you haven’t tried

The discipline of recording profit-loss, income-expenditure, or capital-yield is the key so that not a single success is wasted


10, Peace in simplicity is the best life strategy to continue to open up opportunities for success. Even after material success, if you continue to think like that, everything will feel more abundant


11, Do not become complacent with what you think is best possible at this point. If you continue to be consistent, your best achievements will continue to be updated


12, Fear of failure is never a scourge to start a business. Finding ways to rise from failure is the main focus


13, All success is not only for the joy of the moment, but also must be able to make children, grandchildren, and the next generation prosperous

In the end, struggling for success always has a sweet ending


14, To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue: these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.


15, Simplicity brings satisfaction and all things will flourish, in the absence of messy and complicated things.


16, When we have nothing to worry about we are not doing much, and not doing much supplies us with plenty of future worries.


17, The teacher opens the door, you enter by yourself


18, Human nature is the same. What makes them so different are habits. (Confucius)


19, Big people always reflect on themselves, while small people always reflect on others. (Confucius)


20, Respect yourself, then others will respect you too. (Confucius)


21, You cannot prevent the bird of sadness from flying over your head. But you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.


22, Give him a fish and he eats for one day. Teach him to catch fish so he will eat for the rest of his life.


23, If you plan for one year, plant rice. If you plan for ten years, plant a tree. If you plan for 100 years, educate people.


24, How to get tiger cubs if they don’t enter the tiger’s den?


25, People who never fall are not strong people. Strong people are people who always get up every time they fall. (Confucius)


26, The extraordinary person is not he who conquers others, but he who conquers himself. (Confucius)


27, The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. (Confucius)


28, People often “throw stones” on the street. It depends on whether we want to use the stone as a wall or bridge.


29, Often times when we give up and leave this is the end, calm down first, it’s just a turn, not a dead end. Have a firm and strong faith.


30, Be active to get what you aspire to and be children to enjoy what you have got.

31, The best time to plant trees was ten years ago. Another best time is right now.


32, Don’t be sad if there are closed doors at the back so you don’t see the open doors at the front.


33, Fear is not to be avoided, but to be faced.


34, Everything has a use, no matter how lowly, everything has its place in nature.

A person who moves mountains is he or she starts consistently moving small stones


35, Swords will rust if not sharpened, humans will be left behind if they don’t learn

If a tree is not formed, it will not straighten. If humans don’t learn, there is no knowledge.


36, There was an intention, the sea was crossed. There is no intention, even a step is difficult to take


37, If you want to know the past, look at the current condition. If you want to know the future, look at the present in action.


38, Study must be diligent and wholeheartedly, one letter will cost thousands of gold


39, He who asks is stupid in a minute, but he who does not ask is stupid forever

“Don’t be afraid of progressing slowly, afraid of not progressing.”


40, “If a person does only what is asked of him, he is a slave. If one does more than is asked of him, he is a free man.”


41, Optimists see opportunities in every difficulty, pessimists see difficulties in every opportunity.


42, Every successful person all starts with a beginning. Only those who dare to start over can find the path to success.


43, If we want to be successful in a big business, besides having to have dreams, we must also act.


44, Never put off what you can do today until tomorrow, because procrastinating is a thief of your time!


45, Never wait until tomorrow what you can do today, never wait for someone else to help you if the work is your own!


46, What determines the success of a person’s business / business, does not depend on what that person knows, but depends on what that person does.


47, The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people always seek inspiration from existing failures / mistakes, then try again with different methods so they don’t fail again.


48, The biggest weakness of people failing is to give up too quickly, the sure way to success is not to stop repeating one more time until finally succeed.


49, Flowers may bloom again, but a person never has the chance to be young

As a man cannot be known by his looks, neither can the sea be fathomed by a gourd


50, A boat can’t always sail with the wind; an army can’t always win battles


51, Control your emotions or they will control you.


52, As the water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.


53, A generous man will himself be blessed for he shares his food with the poor.


54, Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.


55, Every journey leads you back to where you started.


56, A person without self-control is like a city with broken down walls.


57, You reap what you sow.


58, Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to read, but more importantly, what’s your plan to read?    


59, Success is not the final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.


60, Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.


61, Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.


62, Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.


63, To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.


64, Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.


65, I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.


66, The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.


67, A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.


68, A man grows most tired while standing still.


69, Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.


70, Dig the well before you are thirsty.


71, Dig the well before you are thirsty.


72, A little impatience will spoil great plans.


73, To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish.


74, If your face is ugly, you can’t blame the mirror.


75, All things are difficult before they are easy.


76, Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest.


77, He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.


78, Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.


79, The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.


80, An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.


81, Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.


82, Only one who can swallow an insult is a man.


83, The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.


84, There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.


85, All things change, and we change with them.


86, He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.


87, He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.


88,. Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.


89, Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.


90, Adapt the remedy to the disease.


91, Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.


92, The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.


93, Defeat teach us life’s most valuable lessons.


Living life is not always smooth sailing, there will be obstacles and barriers that must be overcome. But all of that can be used as a lesson for every human being to become a better person from day to day. Many say that experience is the best teacher who teaches many things.

The experience that a person goes through keeps him from falling into the same fault hole. Some people may have experienced or are going through a heavy and painful phase of life. Those who cannot face every problem in their lives must feel how unlucky their life is and want to end everything.

Now, if you are feeling that way, you must be able to motivate yourself so you don’t fall down and feel deep sadness. Hopefully, the Chinese proverbs above can help and accompany you to achieve your dreams.



Author: Enjoy Shanghai

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