Chinese proverbs set to music by Sri Chinmoy

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To Bow the Body Is Easy

To bow the body is easy. To bow the will is hard.
[Chinese proverb]

The Conquerors Are Kings

The conquerors are kings.
The defeated are bandits.
[Chinese proverb]

If You Wish To Succeed

If you wish to succeed, consult three old people.
[Chinese proverb]

Dogs Show No Aversion

Dogs show no aversion to poor families.
[Chinese proverb]

I Heard

“I heard” is not as good as “I saw”.

The Rich Add Riches to Riches

The rich add riches to riches.
The poor add years to years.
[Chinese proverb]

A Lean Dog Shames His Master

A lean dog shames his master.
[Chinese proverb]

Men Know Not Their Own Faults

Men know not their own faults.
Oxen know not their own strength.
[Chinese proverb]

Beautiful or Not

Beautiful or not, it is my native land.
[Chinese proverb]

With Clothes, the New Are Best

With clothes, the new are best.
With friends, the old are best.
[Chinese proverb]

Work Is Afraid

Work is afraid of a resolute man.
[Chinese proverb]

At Birth We Bring Nothing

At birth we bring nothing.
At death we take away nothing.
[Chinese proverb]

The Mind Is the Lord of Man's Body

The mind is the lord of man’s body.
[Chinese proverb]

A Good Talker

A good talker does not equal a good listener.
[Chinese proverb]

If You Flatter Anyone

If you flatter anyone, who will be your enemy?
[Chinese proverb]

Rich Men Have Short Memories

Rich men have short memories.
[Chinese proverb]

Poverty Is the Common Fate

Poverty is the common fate of scholars.
[Chinese proverb]

Books Do Not Exhaust Words

Books do not exhaust words.
Words do not exhaust thoughts.
[Chinese proverb]

The Heart of a Little Child

The heart of a little child is like the heart of the Buddha.
[Chinese proverb]

To Save a Single Life

To save a single life is better than building a seven-story pagoda.
[Chinese proverb]

Learning Is a Treasure

Learning is a treasure which follows its owner everywhere.
[Chinese proverb]

Without Sorrows

Without sorrows, none can become the Buddha.
[Chinese proverb]

The Best Way to Avoid Punishment

The best way to avoid punishment is to fear it.
[Chinese proverb]

The Bamboo Stick

The bamboo stick makes a good child.
[Chinese proverb]

Preserve the Old

Preserve the old, but know the new.
[Chinese proverb]


Brothers are like hands and feet.
[Chinese proverb]

You Burn Incense

You burn incense and overturn the Buddha.
[Chinese proverb]

An Image Maker

An image maker never worships the Buddha.
[Chinese proverb]

Don't Burn False Incense

Don’t burn false incense before a true God.
[Chinese proverb]

Talk of Music

Talk of music only to a musician.
[Chinese proverb]

A Frog in a Well

A frog in a well is best off in the well.
[Chinese proverb]