Thursday, July 28, 2011

Proverbs from the Chinese I

A glance without banter
speaks no fumble.

Reading the words banter, fumble and glance on 3WW reminded me of this English translation of an old Chinese proverb I may have come across in a fortune cookie.

As is the case with many other Chinese proverbs, the meaning of this one is rather enigmatic.

– Leonard "Proverbial" Blumfeld


Sheilagh Lee said...

a great saying.

Jessica Prescott said...

They're often so enigmatic because they're English translations are inexact or poorly done, just due to the different ways ideas are expressed in each language.