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zhuó
chéng
器,
 
rén
xué
chéng
cái
Jade must be carved and polished before it becomes an ornament, man must be educated before he can achieve great things.
Lit: idem.

tóng
yán
A child's words have no guile.
Lit: Similar to: "from the mouths of babes."

yǒu
shè
zì rán
自然
xiāng
Good wine needs no bush.
Lit: When you have musk, you will automatically have fragrance. /Good stuff need not be advertised, they advertise themselves.

cháng
mèng
duō
The longer you wait, the more unexpected developments may occur.
Lit: Lots of dreams can occur over a long night.

yuǎn
shuì
néng
jiù
jìn
huǒ
Urgent local problems cannot be solved by distant resources.
Lit: You cannot fight a fire with water from far away.

gǒu
kǒu
chū
xiàng yá
象牙
Nice words won't come from a bad source.
Lit: Elephant tusks cannot grow out of a dog's mouth.

zhǐ
bāo
zháo huǒ
着火
Truth will out.
Lit: Paper cannot wrap up a fire. You cannot cover up a scandal easily.

tiān xià
天下
wū yā
乌鸦
yī yàng
一样
hēi
In the whole world, all crows are black.
Lit: All crows are of the same colour (black) under the sky./ Crime (corruption, graft, favouritism, nepotism etc...) is the same everywhere.

wéi
rén
zuò
kuī xīn
亏心
shì
事,
yè bàn
夜半
qiāo mén
敲门
jīng
Do right and fear no man.
Lit: If you have a clear conscience, you won't worry about a knock on your door at night.

shù
yǒu
zhī
yǒu
ér
There is a black sheep in every fold.
Lit: There are always some dead wood within a large organization. Big trees have rotten branches and large clans have beggars.

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