Darn clever, these Chinese

A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.

Be the first to the field and last to the couch.

Do not employ handsome servants.

A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.

Dig the well before you are thirsty.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, fear only standing still.

Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile.

He who is drowned is not troubled by the rain.

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