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Any book you open will benefit your mind.
(Chinese original: 开卷有益; Chinese Pinyin: Audio Kāi-juàn-yǒu-yì.)
Steer one's boat where the winds lead.
(Chinese original: 看风使舵; Chinese Pinyin: Audio Kàn-fēng-shǐ-duò.)
This proverb critisizes the opportunists who make their decisions according to different situations.
Marking a Boat to Seek One's Sword.
(Chinese original: 刻舟求剑; Chinese Pinyin: Audio Kè-zhōu-qiú-jiàn.)
A man dropped his sword into the river from a boat. He make a mark on the side of the boat and began to fish the sword when the boat was in shore....

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Neither seen in the past nor in the future.
(Chinese original: Chinese Pinyin: 空前绝后;Chinese Pinyin: Audio Kōng-qián-jué-hòu.)
This proverb is mostly used to refer to the uniqueness of one's artistic talents.
A honeyed mouth hides a daggered heart.
(Chinese original: Chinese Pinyin: 口蜜腹剑;Chinese Pinyin: Audio Kǒu-mì-fù-jiàn.)
Beware of this "kiss of death."
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Last updated: October 13, 2014