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I really have not heard of such original proverb. But there is one really close, but it is a funny modern phrase, used in southern China or Hong Kong: 生意淡薄,不如賭博 it means if the business (such as a mom and pop grocery store) is so low, we may as well play some mahjong or do a little bit of gambling but this is the closest one I can think of, similar to ...


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There is a saying: "一不做,二不休"(either don't do or don't stop). It means "Either not doing it, or see it through to the end once you started" In other words: "If you are not ready to finish what you started (too slow to finish), then don't do it (stop)" Maybe it is the origin of this translated proverb


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