A single conversation across the table with a wise person is worth a month's study of books.
tīng jūn yī xí huà, shèng dú shí nián shū.
Better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one.
níng kě sān rì wú liáng, bú kě yī rì wú chá.
With true friends… even water drunk together is sweet enough.
Jūnzi zhī jiāo dàn rú shuǐ.
In bed be wife and husband, in the hall each other's honored guest.
fū qī xiàng jìng rú bīn.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
bú míng zé yǐ, yī míng jīng rén.
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
nǐ wú fǎ zǔ zhǐ niǎo ér zài nǐ de tóu dǐng fēi xiáng, dàn nǐ kě yǐ zǔ zhǐ tā men zài nǐ de tóu fā shàng zuò wō.
If you want your dinner, don't insult the cook.
xiǎng chī fàn de huà, jiù bié rě chúzi.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. – Confucius
wǒ tīng, wǒ wàn; wǒ kàn, wǒ jì; wǒ zuò, wǒ dǒng.