來而不往非禮也

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Chinese[edit]

to come
 
and; as well as; but (not); yet (not); (shows causal relation); (shows change of state); (shows contrast)
not; no; (negative prefix)
 
toward; (of a train) bound for; to go (in a direction); past; previous; towards
non-; not-; un- gift; propriety; rite also; too
trad. (來而不往非禮也)
simp. (来而不往非礼也)

Etymology[edit]

From the Book of Rites

Literally: To come then not go is not polite.

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

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.