扬汤止沸,不如去薪

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Mandarin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Literally: Lifting the soup to stop it from boiling is less effective than taking away the firewood.

Proverb[edit]

扬汤止沸不如去薪 (simplified, Pinyin yángtāngzhǐfèi, bùrú qù xīn, traditional 揚湯止沸,不如去薪)

  1. It is better to solve the root problem, rather than treating the symptoms.

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