This week marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and the start of Spring Festival, a time for new beginnings and the welcoming of a new farming season. Every Chinese year corresponds with one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. This year ushers in the Year of the Monkey. Individuals born under this sign are quick-witted, charming, lucky, and smart. To join in on the festivities, below are 10 Chinese proverbs. Welcome to the Year of the Monkey!

"Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect." - Chinese Proverb

"Do not anxiously hope for what is not yet to come; do not vainly regret what is already past." - Chinese Proverb

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still." - Chinese Proverb

"Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own." - Chinese Proverb

"What you cannot avoid, welcome." - Chinese Proverb

"The journey is the reward." - Chinese Proverb

"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

"Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come." - Chinese Proverb

"Who thinks an inch, but talks a yard, needs a kick in the foot." - Chinese Proverb

"A single kind word keeps one warm for three winters." - Chinese Proverb

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