The Three Teachings
Confucianism: The ancient Chinese used proverbs to teach their children good manners and to help them learn the proper way of doing things. Excerpt from The Analects of Confucius, c.400 BCE:
Do not do unto others, what you would not want others to do to you
If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake
Taoism: Proverbs were used to encourage people to think about things in the right way, which was very Taoist.
There is more to knowing than just being correct.
A clever mind is not a heart.
Buddhism: Proverbs were also used to help each person become the best person they could be. Ancient Buddhist text:
As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, even so the wise are not ruffled by praise or blame.