来而不往非礼也

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Mandarin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the Book of Rites

Literally: To come then not go is not polite.

Proverb[edit]

来而不往非礼也 (simplified, Pinyin lái ér bù wǎng fēi lǐ yě, traditional 來而不往非禮也)

  1. It is impolite not to reciprocate; Friendship cannot stand always on one side; It's impolite not to make a return for what one receives; One should return as good as one receives.

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