But members of the popular Chinese social network Weibo couldn't determine what proverb she was quoting.
In a Weibo post, the Global Times newspaper also traced the origins of Trump's phrase to a 1903 news article, and said: "The truth is that the phrase quoted by Ivanka has actually no relation to China".
First daughter Ivanka Trump was accused of crimes against philosophy on Tuesday, after she posted a "Chinese proverb" that is not actually Chinese.
In China, as the tweet made the rounds, many people were baffled, with some calling it a "fake proverb".
Some guessed that Trump referenced the quote "A true gentleman should keep silent while watching a chess game".
'She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express, ' one user wrote.
"One proverb from Ivanka has exhausted the brain cells of all Chinese internet users", another wrote on Weibo.
A Canadian journalist tweeted a response to Trump, writing, "I see this quote has variously been attributed to Confucius and George Bernard Shaw, so shall we split the difference and say it was Churchill?"
Social media users offered similar quotes by Chinese President Xi Jinping - known for trumpeting the value of "practical work" over "empty talk" - while also suggesting fake sayings by famous Chinese author Lu Xun.
She quoted the tweet as having been said by Confucious, famous Chinese editor, philosopher, and politician when in reality the historical figure never had said anything remotely like that.
"It sounds more legitimate and credible to pronounce a quote coming from the ancient civilization of China", said Herzberg, who with his wife, Xue Qin, has written a book on Chinese proverbs.
However, he added: 'But why are Trump WH (White House) aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?.
Maybe next time, she will fact-check herself before she tweets - a lesson we all have to learn at some point.
Unfortunately for Ivanka, the proverb is apparently not Chinese.
Instead, it sparked a backlash from Twitter users who ridiculed Ivanka for her apparent lack of cultural awareness.