君子之交淡如水

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Chinese[edit]

junzi
 
(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.
(君子之交淡如水)
君子

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

Proverb[edit]

君子之交淡如水

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

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