古今多少事,都付笑談中

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Chinese[edit]

ancient and modern; past and present; then and now
 
matter; thing; item; work; affair
 
metropolis; capital city; all; both (if two things are involved); entirely; even; already
pay to laugh and talk at the same time
 
middle; center; within; among; in; while (doing sth); during; China; Chinese; hit (the mark)
trad. (古今多少事,都付笑談中) 古今 多少 笑談
simp. (古今多少事,都付笑谈中) 古今 多少 笑谈

Etymology[edit]

  • From the last line of the opening poem of Romance of the Three Kingdoms
    Literally: How many things from past and present have they laughed and talked about with each other?

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

古今多少事,都付笑談中

  1. It is better to keep an open mind with respect to right and wrong or success and failure when evaluating historical developments.