A collection of Chinese proverbs by W. Scarbourough

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Ch^ou4 jou 4 tung2 wei. 4 3S ' When one sheep leads the Yi1 yang2 ch r ien 2 way all the rest follow. hsing2 chung4 yang 2 iou 4 chi. 4 37 Look not at thieves eating flesh, but look at suffering piinisliment. Mo4 Chih 3 kW tao 4 ch^iang2 kan4 ch4ang2 ch^ih1 jou, 4 tao 4 shou4 tsui. 4 38 Follow the good, and learn to be Ken1 ^hao 3 hsio 2 r hao. 3 so. them EXAMPLE. 4 When white calico has been dipped in the dyeing vat, nobody can tell it from black. Pai 2 pu4 tiao 4 tsai 4 —— When old men fen. 1 are not upright, they teach their sons and grandsons Wei2 jan 3 kang1 tsao 4 pai 2 nan 2 to be rogues.

They may be evidence of doubt in many minds, and of total disbelief in the minds of a few, but that is all. The Chinese give many proofs, as well in their conduct as in their proverbial sayings, of their faith in idols. Their faith is doubtless a very superstitious thing, and largely mixed with fear but such as it is, it is strong enough, to tinge their whole idol/ and conduct, and to force out of them large sums of money. Though, you don't believe in other gods, you'll believe in the god of thunder/ 5 You maycarry deception into the Yamen, you cannot carry it c into the temple/ 6 Though you neglect to offer life ' 1 No.

Shu4 kao 1 ch^ien1 chang, 4 yeh4 lo 4 kuei 1 ken. 1 lO When a wall cracked and is lofty, fall its must be speedy. i ch^i 4 Chiang2 To . 11 foul the spring Ch6 2 ch^i erh 2 kao, 1 ch 2 f i 2 peng1 pi4 ^ chi. and expect the stream yuan2 erh2 3 to be pure. m ch^iu 2 liu 2 chih 1 cluing. 1 12 He wishes to hide his footprints, and yet walks upon the snow. 3 1 2 Yii 4 mieh 4 chi 1 erh2 tsu hsiieh tsung. 13 In digging up a tree you must begin with the Wa j 1 shu 4 pi 4 ts^ung2 tou 1 tzu 3 Every thing has Wu 4 ch¥ its lord.

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