千里之行,始於足下

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Chinese[edit]

one thousand li; any great distance 's; him/her/it; this
 
to go; to do; capable; all right; competent; OK; okay; to travel; temporary; to walk; will do; behavior; conduct; a row; profession; professional
to begin with; to start foot; to be sufficient
 
under; next; lower; below; underneath; down(wards); to go down; latter
trad. (千里之行,始於足下) 千里 始於
simp. (千里之行,始于足下) 千里 始于

Etymology[edit]

From Tao Te Ching:

合抱毫末千里足下 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
合抱毫末千里足下 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Tao Te Ching, 4th century BCE
Hébào zhī mù, shēng yú háomò; jiǔ céng zhī tái, qǐ yú lěi tǔ; qiānlǐ zhī xíng, shǐ zúxià. [Pinyin]
The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout; the tower of nine storeys rose from a (small) heap of earth; the journey of a thousand li commenced with a single step.

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Idiom[edit]

千里之行,始於足下

  1. a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

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