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's; him/her/it; thisto deliver; to turn over; to make friends; to intersect (lines); to pay (money)insipid; diluted; weak; light in color; tasteless; fresh; indifferent; nitrogen as (if); such as water; river simp. and trad.
君子 之 交 淡 如 水
- A quote from Zhuangzi
- Literally: The friendship between men of virtue is clear like water (no flavor, but free of harmful substances -- i.e. self-interest. In contrast, the friendship between lesser men is sweet like wine, but lacks true substance).
- True friendship between two men of accomplishment need not be overly demonstrative.