Chinese proverbs are short, traditional sayings or expressions that convey wisdom, advice, or insights about life, human nature, and relationships. They often draw upon the rich cultural and historical background of China.
Through the ages, these timeless sayings serve as guiding stars, reminding us to maintain a broad perspective. In the hustle and bustle of our lives, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Check out this beautiful book of 80 carefully curated Chinese Proverbs on Amazon! A must have for any book collector.
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
The proverb “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now” means that it’s ideal to have taken action or made a positive change in the past, but if you haven’t done so, the next best opportunity is the present.
In other words, it encourages people not to dwell on missed opportunities or past regrets but to seize the moment and take action now to work toward a better future. It emphasizes the importance of taking initiative and not procrastinating, as it’s never too late to start something meaningful or beneficial.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
The proverb “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever” suggests that it’s better to seek knowledge or ask questions, even if it makes you briefly appear ignorant, because not asking and remaining ignorant is far worse. It encourages a willingness to learn and gain understanding through inquiry rather than staying in ignorance due to pride or fear of looking uninformed.