Apr 252005
 

Chinese porcelain pictureThe Chinese have developed an innumerable collection of proverbs in the 4,000 years of their history. One can find a proverb that addresses almost any situation. Many writers and well educated often site Chinese proverbs because of a proverbs ability to communicate simple wisdom in such an effective manner.

May something on this page help you “cheat” the test, because “experience is a hard teacher as she gives the test first, then lesson afterward”.

Most Chinese proverbs can be sorted into one of four categories.

  1. accepted phrases (chengyu)
  2. familiar sayings (yanyu)
  3. popular sayings (suyu)
  4. two-part allegorical sayings (xiehouyu)

Chinese proverbs typically consist of only a few characters. These characters represent words that when joined together can communicate a tremendous amount of cultural depth and history. Because many Chinese characters do not translate directly into English and many of the proverbs utilize puns of similar sounding Chinese words there are many Chinese proverbs that make no since accept in their native language.

Chinese proverbs contain bits of philosophy that reflect basic a way of thinking often developed through the trials and experiences of life. Because these philosophies have passed the test of time and cultures they have become regarded as wisdom.  Below are some sample bits of wisdom that hopefully prove useful.

Chinese proverbs on self-development

  • A diamond with a flaw is preferable to a common stone with none
  • A man’s faults conform to his type of mind. Observe his faults and you may know his virtues
  • When your horse is about to jump a cliff it is too late to pull the reins
  • Only when there is no road left does one finally feel despair
  • Reading ten thousands of books is not as useful as traveling ten thousand miles – experience is more useful than theory
  • To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish
  • It is only when the cold season comes that we know the pine and cypress to be evergreens
  • Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up

Chinese proverbs on  the power of words

  • They who know truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who find pleasure in it
  • Kind words make one feel warm in winter, while unpleasant talk makes one feel cold even in midsummer
  • Talk does not cook rice
  • Good words are like a string of pearls
  • He who talks too much errors often
  • The best advice is often the most offensive
  • A bad word whispered will echo a hundred miles
  • Words are the keys to the heart

Chinese proverbs on politics and leadership

  • Strengthening the military awes the public but wiping out the evil consolidates a country
  • Without a leader, a flock of wild geese cannot fly in a line
  • The people are the foundation of the state; the state will be stable if the foundation is firm
  • A tree cannot grow without its root and a flower cannot bloom without its core
  • A board following the thread will be cut straight, and a man taking good advice will be just and fair
  • It is better to keep your soldiers idle for a hundred years, than to find them absent for one day
  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
  • Where there’s smoke, there’s fire
  • Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow
  • One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade

Chinese proverbs dealing with life wisdom

  • Smiles make one younger; worries make one older
  • No one knows a man better than his own father does
  • The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials
  • He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes
  • Thatch your roof before rainy weather; dig your well before you become parched with thirst
  • One’s good deeds are only known at home; one’s bad deeds far away
  • Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me
  • Rotten wood cannot be carved
  • Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own
  • Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come
  • Outside noisy, inside empty
  • A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life
Aug 132012
 

” The rich man plans for tomorrow…the poor man for today.”  Chinese Proverb

One can learn a lot from studying the wise Chinese Proverbs. Insurance is a subject than a lot of people do not enjoy talking about. However, in today’s times, we feel it is important to plan for tomorrow. How can you plan for tomorrow you might ask?

First, if you are on Medicare it is more important than ever that you get Medigap quotes from multiple companies. All too often seniors pick one company without doing proper research. Sure, the company might have one of the best prices now, but how will that price look in 3 years?

You can ask your agent what the rate increase history has looked like over the last 5 years. Often, you can get a great picture from the company’s past. The cheapest rate is not always the best rate. Planning for tomorrow means you will need to not only look at multiple companies but do some further research about the companies rate increase history over the last 5 years.

As I was having coffee at my local Starbucks last week, I heard one senior complain that when he moved from Texas to South Carolina, he realized how bad his Texas agent was. His Texas Medigap  plan increased 45% in 2 years. His new agent in SC told him that with a little research his agent could have told him that and protected him against the huge increase. If you would like to save money we suggest that you visit medicare supplement plans Texas and request a quote.

Next time you are looking for any type of insurance make sure you do your research and Plan for tomorrow by getting ALL the facts!

 

 

Jun 202012
 

Dig the well before you are thirsty

Like Weather, one’s fortune may change by the evening

Man Lost His Horse; Is His Luck Bad?

Many Baby Boomers are turning 65 and becoming Medicare eligible every day.  Some have learned through their life experiences that a little planning can go along way in creating and  maintaining their quality of life.  A little research and it is easy to discovers that Medicare can leaves some heavy out-of-pocket expenses especially if on a set budget. An effective and easy way to “dig your well in advance” or in other words protect your finances from the gaps in Medicare is to purchase Medicare supplemental insurance.  Be prepared for those “weather changes” in life.  Medigap quotes are easy to obtain and you will be able to easily find a plan that fits your budget. You can get Medicare supplement quote for free from an independent agent by clicking here.  Relying on luck for financial protection is not a plan. Many older Americans are falling into poverty as they age and research shows that one of the biggest drivers of poverty in old age is failing health and the associated medical costs.  70% of retirees living below the poverty line have suffered acute health conditions such as cancer, lung disease, heart problems, or stroke.  Government has not managed the money poured into Medicare well and it is not likely that the benefits provided are going to increase over time.

Another aspect that must be considered for those just turning 65 is the open enrollment period.  During the first six months, when a person gets Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, insurance companies are required by law to sell Medicare supplemental insurance regardless of most medical conditions that a person may have.  This is a huge benefit!  After that six month window has passed insurance companies make medical underwriting mandatory, and will refuse to sell insurance to people deemed high risk.

Medigap PlansA man named Confucius once said that “a man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door”.  So consider  Medicare supplemental insurance to keep from finding trouble at the door to your bank account.

 

Here are some other Chinese proverbs on planning:

  • A year’s plan starts with spring; a day’s plan starts with early morning
  • He, who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years
  • Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small