I met someone who told me a proverb which in English read as follows:

Wake up late and you lose the morning. Wake up early and you lose the whole day.

She repeated it in Mandarin very quickly before I left, but if it helps the last word was 天.

Do you know this proverb?

  • I have never heard any similar ones, and it doesn't sound like Chinese proverb to me.
    – wolfrevo
    Mar 3 '19 at 15:07
  • this 'proverb' seems to telling people the importance of having enough sleep. But Chinese generally believe "sleep early, get up early, your health will be great" . (早睡早起身體好) . So I don't think it is a Chinese proverb
    – Tang Ho
    Mar 3 '19 at 15:19
  • @TangHo it seems to be more of a joke and less of a proverb, but still apparently a well-known one. It was definitely Chinese as well Mar 3 '19 at 17:19


Getting up too late will lose a morning.

Getting up too early will have no spirit all day long.

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