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calligraphy成语成語chéng yǔChinese set expression, often made up of 4 characters or two couplets of 4 characters each, often alluding to a story or historical quotation; idiom; proverb; saying; adage; set expression  
calligraphy俗语俗語sú yǔcommon saying; proverb; colloquial speech  
calligraphy谚语諺語yàn yǔproverb  
calligraphy俗话俗話sú huàcommon saying; proverb  
calligraphy俗话说俗話說sú huà shuōas the proverb says; as they say...  
calligraphyyànproverb  
calligraphy久病成医久病成醫jiǔ bìng chéng yī(proverb) a long illness makes the patient into a doctor  
calligraphy良禽择木良禽擇木liáng qín zé mùa fine bird chooses a tree to nest in (proverb); fig. a talented person chooses a patron of integrity  
calligraphy臣一主二臣一主二chén yī zhǔ èrOne has the right to choose the ruler one serves. (古谚 ancient proverb)  
calligraphy走乡随乡走鄉隨鄉zǒu xiāng suí xiāng(proverb) to follow local customs; When in Rome, do as the Romans do.  
calligraphy冷煖自知冷煖自知lěng nuǎn zì zhīthe person who drinks it knows best whether the water is hot or cold (Zen proverb); self-awareness comes from within; to know best by personal experience  
calligraphy良禽择木而栖良禽擇木而棲liáng qín zé mù ér qīa fine bird chooses a tree to nest in (proverb); fig. a talented person chooses a patron of integrity  
calligraphy无限风光在险峰無限風光在險峰wú xiàn fēng guāng zài xiǎn fēngThe boundless vista is at the perilous peak (proverb); fig. exhilaration follows a hard-won victory  
calligraphy需要是发明之母需要是發明之母xū yào shì fā míng zhī mǔNecessity is the mother of invention (European proverb).  
calligraphy肥水不流外人田肥水不流外人田féi shuǐ bù liú wài rén tiánlit. don't let one's own fertile water flow into others' field; fig. keep the goodies within the family (proverb)  
calligraphy懒驴上磨屎尿多懶驢上磨屎尿多lǎn lǘ shàng mò shǐ niào duō(proverb) A lazy person will find many excuses to delay working; lit. When a lazy donkey is turning a grindstone, it takes a lot of time off for peeing and pooing  
calligraphy如人饮水,冷暖自知如人飲水,冷暖自知rú rén yǐn shuǐ , lěng nuǎn zì zhīthe person who drinks it knows best whether the water is hot or cold (Zen proverb); self-awareness comes from within; to know best by personal experience  
calligraphy活到老学到老活到老學到老huó dào lǎo xué dào lǎo(proverb) never too old to learn  
calligraphy成功的男人后面必有一个奉献的女人成功的男人後面必有一個奉獻的女人chéng gōng de nán rén hòu mian bì yǒu yī gè fèng xiàn de nǚ rénEvery successful man has a dedicated woman behind him (European proverb).  
calligraphy男怕入错行,女怕嫁错郎男怕入錯行,女怕嫁錯郎nán pà rù cuò háng , nǚ pà jià cuò lángmen fear getting into the wrong line of business, women fear marrying the wrong man (proverb)  
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