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Ancient Chinese Proverbs
The Three Teachings
Ancient China for Kids


Confucianism: The ancient Chinese used proverbs to teach their children good manners and to help them learn the proper way of doing things. Excerpt from The Analects of Confucius, c.400 BCE:

  • Do not do unto others, what you would not want others to do to you

  • If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake

Taoism: Proverbs were used to encourage people to think about things in the right way, which was very Taoist. Here are two Taoist proverbs:

  • There is more to knowing than just being correct.

  • A clever mind is not a heart.

Buddhism: Proverbs were also used to help each person become the best person they could be. Ancient Buddhist text:

  • As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, even so the wise are not ruffled by praise or blame.