One look is worth a thousand words.
Bad news travels fast.
Where there is life, there is hope.
To fall short of the best, but be better than the worst.
Love me, love my dog.
Courtesy calls for reciprocity.
Try first to make their mistake sound less serious and then to reduce it to nothing at all.
A slow sparrow should make an early start.
No discord, no concord.
Rob Peter to pay Paul.
Spare no effort；go all out；do one’s best.
Never too old to learn.
Once on shore, one prays no more.
Harmony brings wealth;
Be an eye-opener.
Bid farewell to the old and usher in the new.
Let bygones be bygones.
Cut and dried
Going beyond the limit is as bad as falling short.
The country flourishes and people live in peace.
Sit on the fence
There are spots even on the sun.
Treasures fill the home.
A hedge between keeps friendship green.
Man proposes; God disposes.
Make a fool of oneself in trying to be smart.
Be suddenly enlightened.
Suffer a double loss; lose the bait along with the fish.
Achieve immediate victory; win instant success.
Gain both fame and wealth.
Nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards.
On festive occasions more than ever one thinks of one’s dear ones far away.
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.
A thousand-li journey begins with the first step–the highest eminence is to be gained step by step.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
Fear wolves ahead and tigers behind; hesitate in doing something.
Take the preemptive opportunities.
One can’t make bricks without straw.
Past experience, if not forgotten, is a guide for the future.
The mighty dragon is no match for the native serpent.
People are in high spirits when involved in happy events.
A retreat away from the turmoil of the world.
A fall of seasonal snow gives promise of a fruitful year.
Just as there is paradise in heaven, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth
Humans are born good.
A ship rises with the tide
Use a steam-hammer to crack nuts.
A blessing in disguise;
Every cloud has a silver lining.
A man should be independent at the age of thirty.
Speak of the devil.
Practice is the sole criterion for testing truth.
Time and tide wait for no man.
Seek truth from facts; be practical and realistic; be true to facts.
Speak the plain truth; call a spade a spade; tell it as it is.
Hide one’s capacities and bide one’s time.58
Anything unexpected may happen. a bolt from the blue.
Unity is strength.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Hold high hopes for one’s child.
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.
Seek nothing but profits; be blind to all but one’s own interests.
There are no waves without wind. Nothing comes of nothing.
A sheer fabrication out of nothing; fabricate rumors out of thin air.
A new broom sweeps clean.
Have a tacit understanding.
Twist the law to suit one’s own purpose.
Accumulate strength for a take-off.
May all your wish come true.
The best defense is offense.
First impressions are firmly entrenched.
Warn people by taking oneself as an example.
Ants on a hot pan
Proceed in an orderly way and step by step; advance gradually in due order.
Pour oil on troubled waters.
A man of insight.
Be strict with oneself and lenient with others.
Bold but not crafty.
Jack shall have Jill, all shall be well.
Money makes the mare go./ Money talks.
Separated as we are thousands of miles apart, we come together as if by predestination.
Keep pace with the times.
To ascend another storey to see a thousand miles further; Ascend further, were you to look farther.
Teach students according to their aptitude.
Haste makes waste.
Great minds think alike.
Better make friends than make enemies.
Survival of the fittest.
A promise is a promise.
A real man never goes back on his words.
Cases in which people were unjustly, falsely or wrongly charged or sentenced; unjust, false or wrong cases.
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.