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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061703656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061703652
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theodora Lau, a leading authority on Chinese horoscopes, is the author of The Chinese Horoscopes Guide to Relationships and Chinese Horoscopes for Your Child. She is also the coauthor of The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes and Best-Loved Chinese Proverbs.



Kenneth Lau is an author, calligrapher and illustrator whose work has been featured in The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes, The Chinese Horoscopes Guide to Relationships, and Chinese Horoscopes for Your Child. Born in Shanghai, Kenneth is fluent in multiple Chinese dialects and skilled in a variety of Chinese calligraphy styles. After living in Asia, Kenneth and Theodora have made southern California their home for the past 25 years.



Laura Lau is the coauthor of The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes and Best-Loved Chinese Proverbs. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Theodora Lau, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. Laura splits her time between Asia and California with her husband.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm Baggie on 16 Feb. 2013
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This wonderful paperback of 154 pages is enclosed within a beautifully-designed cover of an oriental gold / crimson colour combination. Featuring many illustrations of the Chinese script, this delightful book contains the English translations of many Chinese sayings and aphorisms. Simple, and yet brilliant, these proverbs possess a timeless wisdom that remains relevant, and instructive, to many aspects of modern life.
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By Sangwelibanzi on 12 May 2013
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A read while in the bus or plane, poor quality paper. I would not buy it in bookshop if I had paged through.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended!! 27 Aug. 1999
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This is an excellent book. It has great proverbs that eloquently state things I am thinking. I often refer to it when I can't articulate a thought or experience I have had, and when I'd like to quote the book. It is a thought-provoking book in many ways. It is also well-organized, so when I'm looking for something in particular, I know exactly where to find it!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Do not be a frog sitting at the bottom of a well." 26 Dec. 2006
By J. Guild - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always enjoyed books of sayings,proverbs,quotations and such.I also often use them in discussions.Let's face it these short trueisms have been handed down from one generation to the next foe ages.
When I found this little book,I really felt, since the Chinese culture is so remote and different;I thought their Proverbs would be as well.
I guess that wisdom really knows no borders.
One thing you will see in this book is that the same thought is amply put into different words.
We have many proverbs on the benefits of reading;
I like this Chinese way of putting it;

"One who does not like to read is equal to one who cannot read."

And on sincerity;

"The longer the explanation the bigger the lie."

And on strategy;

"Don't lift a rock only to drop it on your own foot."

And on success;

"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up."

Or as we would say'"If at first you don't succeed,try,try,again."

And this one straight to the point;

"Do not judge a person until the lid of his coffin is closed.

With many of the proverbs,a brief explanation of its meaning is given where the author thinks it is necessary.
Although it doesn't take long to skip through this little book;It's enjoyment can be extended by trying to come up with a Western Proverb that conveys the same thouhht in different words.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This book is a must have 2 April 1998
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I teach history at the university level and found this book quite by accident under the "Eastern thought" section of the bookstore. It was a surprise find and the simply worded proverbs in it are profound and insightful. Highly recommended if you want a good glimpse of Chinese Philosophy.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This book is in ENGLISH only !! Be Warned ! 14 July 2003
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I bought this book after reading Elizabeth Wu's listmania..There are some deceptive chinese characters shown in the sample pages so I figured it would be in Chinese, maybe pinyin and the english translation !! Bad Mistake..!! If you are a reader on Chinese, its not fulfilling to read it only in English.
A" must read" if you are planning to go on the long march 28 Jun. 2014
By Stephen Carey - Published on Amazon.com
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Since there are over a billion Chinese any book connected with their race must become a best loved edition. On the other hand with over a billion Chinese I would have expected something with more depth and more thought provoking. I suggest that these authors be awarded a year's free holiday at one of Mao's old re-education camps.
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