Thanks to Kenny — a successful restaurant/cafe owner friend of mine — for sharing these awesome Chinese proverbs (in no particular order):
1) The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
2) Much talk does not cook rice.
3) Man who waits for a roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait a very, very long time.
4) A friend is one who enters in when the whole world has departed.
5) Hire a young carpenter but consult an old physician.
6) Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot.
7) If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future – look into your present actions.
8) To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is the art of survival.
9) Make no promises when you are seized by joy; write no letters when you are seized by anger.
10) If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the time to quit.
11) A man who has committed a mistake and does not correct it is committing another mistake.
12) Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it.
13) Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of only standing still.