君子は周して比せず小人は比して周せず

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Japanese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese: 君子周而不比、小人比而不周

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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