Proverb – Chinese

(Pseudo) Proverb – Chinese

“Confusion says sleep with itchy butt wake up with smelly fingers”


Pastor Arnold heard this proverb from funny friends during college (UC Irvine).

Collector’s comments

Clearly this proverb is a parody of the Chinese philosopher Confucius’ actual teachings. Even during elementary and middle school, I vaguely remember hearing friends coming up with “proverbs” such as this. Often, my friends would even attempt a fake Chinese accent when saying their new proverb.

It is interesting to note Pastor Arnold and I have exclusively heard this proverb (and similar proverbs) from students (who should be engaging in serious studies yet are slyly mocking traditional wisdom) while Confucius’ Analects primarily emphasizes studying.