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Wise sayings and Chinese proverbs

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The value of Chinese proverbs has increased with the passing of the ages because they ring as true today as they were thousands of years ago.


•        Cowards have dreams, brave men have visions

•        A single tree cannot make a forest

•        A single spark can set a prairie on fire.

•        Wisdom is attained by learning when to hold one's tongue.

•        Dangerous enemies will meet again in narrow streets.

•        Water can both sustain and sink a ship.

•        Count not what is lost, but what is left.

•        If there is a strong general there will be no weak soldiers.

•        To extend your life by a year take one less bite each meal.

•        Peace only comes when reason rules.

•        Even the tallest tower started form the ground.

•        Eloquence provides only persuasion, but truth buys loyalty.

•        First attain skill; creativity comes later.

•        If one eats less one will taste more.

•        One sings, all follow.

•        One hand alone cannot clap, it takes two to quarrel.

•        One who would pick the roses must bear with thorns

•        Failure is the mother of success.

•        Do not climb a tree to look for a fish

•        Only time and effort brings proficiency

•        It does not matter if the cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.

•        Learning is like the horizon; there is no limit.

•        The old horse will know the way

•        A good friend shields you from the storm

•        Do not wait until you're thirsty to dig a well

•        Distance tests the endurance of a horse; time reveals a man's character.

•        Change the skin, wash the heart

•        Make the cap fit the head.

•        A single beam cannot support a great house.

•        Do not be concerned with things outside your door.

•        Wise men may not be learned; learned men may not be wise.

•        Crows are black the world over.

•        Do not lift a rock only to drop it on your own foot

•        Kill the chicken to frighten the monkey

•        Fortune has a fickle heart and a short memory.

•        Harsh words and poor reasoning never settle anything.

•        Better to bend in the wind than to break.

•        Do not kill the hen for her eggs.

•        Wait long, strike fast.

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Robert Tallent

Bob is a Management Consultant, Mentor and Trainer. He is also an Entrepreneur from 1983 to the present day. Between 1983 and 1995 he ran four businesses with a turnover in excess of £1m. As well as having an Honours Degree in Business Studies, he is also an Industrial Engineer and managed a large department in a multinational with large budgets and responsibilities.

He studied to become a Management Consultant, Mentor and Trainer and setup The Synergy Group in 1995.

He has a huge range of business and management experience in practically every industry.

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