燕雀安知鴻鵠志

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Mandarin[edit]

a bramble finch; brambling
 
content; calm; still; quiet; to pacify; peace
to know; to be aware swan the will
trad. (燕雀安知鴻鵠志) 燕雀 鴻鵠
simp. (燕雀安知鸿鹄志) 燕雀 鸿鹄

Etymology[edit]

Proverb[edit]

燕雀安知鴻鵠志 (traditional, Pinyin yànquè ān zhī hónghú zhì, simplified 燕雀安知鸿鹄志)

  1. How can an ordinary person understand the ambitions of a great person!

References[edit]

  • "燕雀安知鴻鵠志" (in Mandarin), Guoyu Cidian On-line Mandarin Dictionary (國語辭典). URL accessed on 2008-02-06.