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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 2 edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061703656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061703652
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. It has great proverbs that eloquently state things I am thinking. I often refer to it when I can't articulate a thought or experience I have had, and when I'd like to quote the book. It is a thought-provoking book in many ways. It is also well-organized, so when I'm looking for something in particular, I know exactly where to find it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 26, 2006
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I've always enjoyed books of sayings,proverbs,quotations and such.I also often use them in discussions.Let's face it these short trueisms have been handed down from one generation to the next foe ages.
When I found this little book,I really felt, since the Chinese culture is so remote and different;I thought their Proverbs would be as well.
I guess that wisdom really knows no borders.
One thing you will see in this book is that the same thought is amply put into different words.
We have many proverbs on the benefits of reading;
I like this Chinese way of putting it;

"One who does not like to read is equal to one who cannot read."

And on sincerity;

"The longer the explanation the bigger the lie."

And on strategy;

"Don't lift a rock only to drop it on your own foot."

And on success;

"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up."

Or as we would say'"If at first you don't succeed,try,try,again."

And this one straight to the point;

"Do not judge a person until the lid of his coffin is closed.

With many of the proverbs,a brief explanation of its meaning is given where the author thinks it is necessary.
Although it doesn't take long to skip through this little book;It's enjoyment can be extended by trying to come up with a Western Proverb that conveys the same thouhht in different words.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1998
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I teach history at the university level and found this book quite by accident under the "Eastern thought" section of the bookstore. It was a surprise find and the simply worded proverbs in it are profound and insightful. Highly recommended if you want a good glimpse of Chinese Philosophy.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By V. saigal on July 14, 2003
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I bought this book after reading Elizabeth Wu's listmania..There are some deceptive chinese characters shown in the sample pages so I figured it would be in Chinese, maybe pinyin and the english translation !! Bad Mistake..!! If you are a reader on Chinese, its not fulfilling to read it only in English.
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