Love me, love my dog.
One look is worth a thousand words.
to fall short of the best,
but be better than the worst.
A slow sparrow should make an early start.
spare no effort;
go all out;
do one’s best
No discord, no concord.
rob Peter to pay Paul
bid farewell to the old and usher in the new
try first to make their mistake sound less serious and then to reduce it to nothing at all
broaden one’s horizon; be an eye-opener
the country flourishes and people live in peace
going beyond the limit is as bad as falling short;
excess is just as bad as deficiency;
too much is as bad as too little
once on shore, one prays no more
Bad news travels fast.
harmony brings wealth;
friendliness is conducive to business success
never too old to learn
let bygones be bygones
There are spots even on the sun.
Treasures fill the home.
sit on the fence;
be a fence-sitter;
A hedge between keeps friendship green.
cut and dried; cliché
Courtesy calls for reciprocity.
Where there is life, there is hope.
achieve immediate victory;
win instant success
gain both fame and wealth
be suddenly enlightened
Nothing can be accomplished
without norms or standards.
On festive occasions more than ever one thinks of one’s dear ones far away.
Man proposes; God disposes.
make a fool of oneself in trying to be smart
suffer a double loss;
lose the bait along with the fish
a modest spur to induce others to
come forward with valuable contributions;
throw a sprat to catch a whale
cut off all means of retreat；
burn one’s own way of retreat
and be determined to fight to the end
take the preemptive opportunities
One can’t make bricks without straw.
a thousand-li journey begins with the first step–
the highest eminence is to be gained step by step
Past experience, if not forgotten,
is a guide for the future.
fear wolves ahead and tigers behind；
hesitate in doing something
The mighty dragon is no match
for the native serpent.
A fall of seasonal snow
gives promise of a fruitful year
People are in high spirits
when involved in happy events.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
a retreat away from the turmoil of the world
Humans are born good.
Just as there is paradise in heaven,
there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth
a blessing in disguise;
Every cloud has a silver lining.
A man should be independent at the age of thirty.
At thirty, a man should be able to think for himself.
A ship rises with the tide
Time and tide wait for no man.
use a steam-hammer to crack nuts
seek truth from facts; be practical and realistic; be true to facts
speak of the devil
speak the plain truth; call a spade a spade; tell it as it is
Practice is the sole criterion for testing truth.
hide one’s capacities and bide one’s time
Anything unexpected may happen. a bolt from the blue
Unity is strength.
Even if one jumped into the Yellow River, one can not wash oneself clean – there’s nothing one can do to clear one’s name
unhealthy trends and vulgar practices
Birds of a feather flock together.
hold high hopes for one’s child
seek nothing but profits; be blind to all but one’s own interests
a sheer fabrication out of nothing; fabricate rumors out of thin air
There are no waves without wind. Nothing comes of nothing.
twist the law to suit one’s own purpose
a new broom sweeps clean
accumulate strength for a take-off
May all your wish come true
have a tacit understanding; thoroughly understand each other, without having exchanged a word of explanation
First impressions are firmly entrenched.
He who strikes first gains the advantage.The best defense is offense.
ants on a hot pan
warn people by taking oneself as an example
pour oil on troubled waters; patch up a quarrel and reconcile the parties concerned
proceed in an orderly way and step by step; advance gradually in due order
be strict with oneself and lenient with others
Jack shall have Jill, all shall be well.
Money makes the mare go./ Money talks.
a man of insight
bold but not crafty
Separated as we are thousands of miles apart, we come together as if by predestination.
keep pace with the times
teach students according to their aptitude
to ascend another storey to see a thousand miles further; Ascend further, were you to look farther.
Haste makes waste.More haste, less speed.
survival of the fittest
Great minds think alike.
Better make friends than make enemies.
cases in which people were unjustly, falsely or wrongly charged or sentenced; unjust, false or wrong cases
A promise is a promise.A real man never goes back on his words.
bring in wealth and treasure
target of public criticism
be an armchair strategist
You can’t wrap fire in paper.What’s done by night appears by day.
caught in a dilemma; between the devil and the deep blue sea