君子は周して比せず小人は比して周せず

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
くん
Grade: 3

Grade: 1
しゅう
Grade: 4

Grade: 5
しょう
Grade: 1
じん
Grade: 1

Grade: 5
しゅう
Grade: 4

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese: 君子周而不比、小人比而不周

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [kɯ̃ᵝnɕi ɰᵝa̠ ɕʲɯᵝːɕite̞ çise̞zɯᵝ ɕʲo̞ːd͡ʑĩɴ ɰᵝa̠ çiɕite̞ ɕʲɯᵝːse̞zɯᵝ]

Proverb[edit]

君子は周して比せず小人は比して周せず ‎(hiragana くんしはしゅうしてひせずしょうじんはひしてしゅうせず, romaji kunshi wa shūshite hisezu shōjin wa hishite shūsezu)

  1. A gentleman encompasses all and remains impartial. A petty mind is partial and does not encompass all. That is, a gentleman shows kindness to all with fairness, but a petty person is only kind to a few friends.

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