Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
(literary equivalent of 的); (subor. part.); him; her; it
to deliver; to turn over; to make friends; to intersect (lines); to pay (money)
insipid; diluted; weak; light in color; tasteless; fresh; indifferent; nitrogen
|as (if); such as||water; river|
|simp. and trad.
- A quote from Zhuangzi
- Literally: The friendship between men of virtue is clear like water (no flavor, but free of harmful substances -- i.e. self-interest. In contrast, the friendship between lesser men is sweet like wine, but lacks true substance).
- True friendship between two men of accomplishment need not be overly demonstrative.