Ten Famous Sayings in China

At the end of 2005, there are many collections of top ten famous this or famous that of the year.  Below is a list of ten famous sayings, which are all-time hits (as opposed to just 2005).

(1) "Children, please stay still and let the leaders leave first!" (At the fire disaster of Kelamayi, Xinjiang, a city educational committee worker used a megaphone to address the frightened elementary school students) (Additional note: there were 323 deaths, of which 288 were elementary school students; more than 20 officials were evacuated safely but many were later sentenced to jail terms for dereliction of duty.  The other deaths included school teachers who tried to use their bodies to shield their students).

(2) "Wasn't it just a few children who died?  What is the big deal?" (After the Shalan flash flood, an official told the distraught victims) (Additional note: More than 100 students perished)

(3) "Let us know after he is dead!"  (Before Hengyang resident Zhang Hengsheng was frozen to death on the roadside, a civil affairs bureau official told the peasant who came to ask for assistance).

(4) "Do not give this stuff.  I have seen a lot of that already!" (A Dingzhou government official told the villagers who were kneeling in front of him to beg for help)

(5) "China is very safe.  There is no SARS.  You are welcome to tour!"  (A Department of Health official told the outside world when SARS was around)

(6) "The surgery is good for them.  We considered that this was a matter of public interest, and so we did the operation." (In Jiangsu province, Nantong city, two 14-year-old mentally handicapped girls at the Child Welfare Insitute were sent to the hospital for uterus excision.  This was what the doctor said afterwards).

(7) "Whether there was injustice should really depend on the final outcome.  This case began with a mistake and then it was rectified.  Doesn't this show that the administration of justice was fair?" (The She Zhenglin case in which the man was jailed 11 years for a crime that he did not commit.  A court deputy director gave that answer to the media)

(8) "I thought that I was a public servant.  Therefore, my food, clothing and expenses should be paid by the public."  (That was what former Guangdong province Shanwei deputy mayor Ma Hongmei said after being arrested for corruption)

(9) "If your heart is still there, then your dreams are there.  But you have to start all over again!"  (Words from a CCTV advertising song to encourage laid-off workers)

(10) "You should go and find whoever told you to work.  The government does not owe you any money!" (An official in the Heilongjiang province Jixi city government said that to the migrant workers who were petitioning to get their wages paid) 


(1) 孩子们,都别动,让领导先走!(新疆克拉玛依火灾发生时,市教委的一位公仆拿着话筒对惊恐的小学生们如是说) 


(3) 人死了以后再通知我们吧!(衡阳人张衡生冻毙路边前某民政所公仆对前来请求救助的农民如是说)

(4) 少来这一套,我见得多了!(定洲市某公仆对跪下来求他做主的村民如是说) 



(7) 是否司法不公应该从最后纠正的结果看。这个案件从错的又纠成正的,难道不是司法公正的体现吗?(佘祥林冤案。有法院副院长就此案答媒体提问时如是说)

(8) 我以为我是人民的公仆,吃、穿、用的都应该是公家的。(原广东省汕尾市副市长马红妹因贪落网后如是说)

(9) 心若在,梦就在,只不过是重头再来!(央视励志广告歌曲对下岗工人如是说)

(10) 谁叫你们干活,你们就找他们,政府不欠你们的钱!(黑龙江省鸡西市政府某公仆对为讨要工钱而上访的民工如是说)