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I am looking for a set of Chinese 成语 and 俗语 describing ways in which a desired situation may not be achieved.

For instance, like the following two:

欲速则不达

东施效颦

Any others?

Where can I find a complete list?

Thanks.

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I think there are too many 俗語, 諺語 to list.

Here are few similar 成語 for you

揠苗助長 = 欲速則不達

適得其反 to the end, get opposite effect

事與願違 nothing comes out as planned

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    I think the phrase 事與願違 describes "a desired situation may not be achieved" well enough. – Tang Ho Aug 11 '16 at 9:37

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