任重道遠

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See also: 任重道远

Chinese[edit]

 
to assign; to appoint; office; responsibility
 
heavy; serious; to double; to repeat; repetition; iteration; again; a layer
 
direction; way; method; road; path; principle; truth; reason; skill; Tao (of Taoism); a measure word; to say; to speak; to talk
far; distant; remote
trad. (任重道遠)
simp. (任重道远)
Literally: “heavy load and long course”.

Etymology[edit]

From the Analects:

可以弘毅 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
可以弘毅 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Analects of Confucius, circa 475 – 221 BCE, translated based on James Legge's version
Shì bù kěyǐ bù hóngyì, rèn zhòng ér dào yuǎn. [Pinyin]
The officer may not be without breadth of mind and vigorous endurance. His burden is heavy and his course is long.

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

任重道遠

  1. to shoulder a heavy responsibility for a long time