There are hundreds of famous Chinese proverbs from Chinese literature, history, art, and famous figures and philosophers. The horse is an important motif in Chinese culture and in particular, Chinese mythology.
In addition to the very real contributions made to China by the horse as a means of transportation to military power, the horse holds great symbolism to the Chinese.
But Sāi Wēng simply asked, “How could we know it is not a bad thing for me?
”One day, his son went out for a ride with the new horse.
He was violently thrown from the horse and broke his leg.
The meaning of the proverb is only apparent when one is familiar with the accompanying story of Sāi Wēng, which begins with an old man who lived on the frontier: Sāi Wēng lived on the border and he raised horses for a living. After hearing of the misfortune, his neighbor felt sorry for him and came to comfort him.
But Sāi Wēng simply asked, “How could we know it is not a good thing for me?
”After a while, the lost horse returned and with another beautiful horse.
The neighbor came over again and congratulated Sāi Wēng on his good fortune.
Chinese Horse Proverb: Sai Weng Lost His Horse Chinese proverbs (諺語, yànyŭ) are an important aspect of Chinese culture and language.
But what makes Chinese proverbs all the more extraordinary is that so much is communicated in so few characters.