分久必合,合久必分

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Chinese[edit]

 
to divide; minute; (a measure word); (a unit of length = 0.33 centimeter); part
(long) time; (long) duration of time
 
certainly; must; will; necessarily
 
Chinese musical note; fit; to join; one-tenth of a peck
 
Chinese musical note; fit; to join; one-tenth of a peck
(long) time; (long) duration of time
 
certainly; must; will; necessarily
 
to divide; minute; (a measure word); (a unit of length = 0.33 centimeter); part
simp. and trad.
(分久必合,合久必分)

Etymology[edit]

From Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Chapter One, (first line after the opening poem)

Pronunciation[edit]

Proverb[edit]

分久必合,合久必分

  1. That which is long divided must unify; that which is long unified must divide.

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