君子之交淡如水

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

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).

Proverb[edit]

君子之交淡如水 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin jūnzǐ zhī jiāo dàn rú shuǐ)

  1. True friendship between two men of accomplishment need not be overly demonstrative.

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