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- 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).
君子之交淡如水 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin)
- True friendship between two men of accomplishment need not be overly demonstrative.