Daily Chinese Proverb: Judgements

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Friday, 11 September 2009 0 comments

You may recognise the first half of this proverb, as an English saying. I really like the addition that the Chinese have made to this common proverb. It really makes the meaning much more clear. There is much more to a person than you can possibly measure by their appearance.

rén bù kě mào xiāng ,hǎishuǐ bù kě dǒu liàng
You can't judge a person by appearance, just as you can't measure the sea with a pint pot.

Variation: You can't judge a book by its cover

Also see Confucius' proverb about beauty

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