Literal translation: Like others and they will like you back; Hate others and they will hate you back. Lesson: Learn to look at people’s positive sides and like them as they will do the same [Read more]
Literal translation: We fear people we know well for their nature; we fear strangers for their outfits. Lesson: Appearance is important for success.
Literal translation: Being clever is not as good as being persistent. Lesson: Persistence beats intelligence when it comes to success.
Literal translation: Always working will make you rich, always wishing will make you poor. Lesson: Wishing is not enough, doing is more important.
Literal translation: Trading ships cannot make you as rich as being frugal. Lesson: Frugality is key for wealth-accumulation.
Literal translation: First learn proper behavior, then learn book knowledge. Lesson: Knowing how to treat people is of utmost importance, even more so than book knowledge.
Literal translation: A day of travelling can bring much wisdom. Lesson: There is much to be learned from the outside world, so one should travel and talk to people to learn more.
Literal translation: Drinks with low alcohol levels can intoxicate if consumed excessively, wise people can be boring if they talk too much. Lesson: Only speak enough to communicate your ideas and keep relationships alive.
Literal translation: Sweet honey kills flies. Lesson: Use artful communication to get ahead in life.
Literal translation: If you speak of nine, you should do ten. If you speak of ten and only do nine, people will laugh at you. Lesson: Under-promise and over-deliver, not the other way around.