Witty and Wise Chinese Proverbs 3 Fortune has a fickle heart and a short memory. Harsh words and poor reasoning never settle anything. Dangerous enemies will meet again in narrow streets. Better to bend in the wind than to break. Do not kill the hen for her eggs. First attain skill; creativity comes later. Make the cap fit the head. A single beam cannot support a great house. Do not be concerned with things outside your door. Wise men may not be learned; learned men may not be wise.