Treasure Island

Lawrence CH Hiun


Chinese Wisdom


In crisis, wisdom growth,
And gained.
Intelligence endowed,
But wisdom is learned.

Wise men listen more,
Talk no nonsense.
Wise men may be learned
But learned men may not be wise.

A silent fool can pass for a wise man.
Silence is golden & wise,
Silence is the trusted friend of wisdom.

It is easy to blame our memory
when our judgment is at fault.
It takes a tree ten years to mature;
It takes a man one hundred years to form.

We grow old fast,
We grow wise slowly.
Youth can look only forward,
but age can also look backward.

Maturity and wisdom
take a lifetime to achieve.
Achieving maturity does not
Grow with age.

Wisdom grows when
Ones learned to avoid the wrongs.
Stand for the rights.

Biggest flaw of ones
Has a lot of flaws and
Not correcting them,
Not avoiding them.

Life is a learning journey
To discover who we are,
Learning as if life is
one continuous lesson.

Wisdom is attained by learning
when to hold one’s tongue.
Discretion is the trusted friend of wisdom.
A wise head must possess a closed mouth.

Compiled & adapted by Lawrence Hiung

Submitted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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  • Hans Vr (1/23/2012 5:46:00 PM)

    Lots of wisdom in this great poem.
    I hope many people go deep into this wisdom, it is so important for the world.
    Well written (Report) Reply

  • Lawrence H (1/18/2012 9:04:00 PM)

    This poem was written based on the Best Loved Chinese Proverb, which poetically written by unknown authors from the ancient Chinese texts and translated into English.
    The timeless value of Chinese proverbs had increased with the passing of ages and generations. It remained true for many thousand of years and still valid until today.
    It also gives a new dimension in expression for poet to reflect how the master or sage think how wisdom in the ancient time.
    Some of the wordings in the poem extracted from BEST-LOVED CHINESE PROVERBS. Copyright © 1995 by Theodora Lau.2nd edition. Publisher: HarperCollins eBook (Report) Reply

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