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85 Chinese proverbs, quotes, and sayings about love and life

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If you’re looking for words of encouragement to help keep you on your path, these Chinese proverbs are exactly what you didn’t know you needed.

Our collection of wise Chinese sayings about love and life are still as powerful today as they were in ancient times. Chinese proverbs can be taken from literary works, social expressions, as well as sayings from both famous people and common folk.

It can be difficult to translate them, as most can seem funny or nonsensical at first (e.g. “The friendship of a gentleman is insipid as water.”).

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