君子之交淡如水

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Chinese[edit]

's; him/her/it; this
 
to deliver; to turn over; to make friends
to deliver; to turn over; to make friends; to intersect (lines); to pay (money)
 
insipid; diluted; weak
insipid; diluted; weak; light in color; tasteless; fresh; indifferent; nitrogen
as (if); such as water; river
trad. (君子之交淡如水) 君子
simp. #(君子之交淡如水) 君子

Etymology[edit]

From Zhuangzi:

君子小人 [Classical Chinese, trad. and simp.]
From: Zhuangzi, circa 3rd – 2nd centuries BCE
Qiě jūnzǐ zhī jiāo dàn ruò shuǐ, xiǎorén zhī jiāo gān ruò lǐ. [Pinyin]
Moreover, the intercourse of superior men is tasteless as water, while that of mean men is sweet as new wine.

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

君子之交淡如水

  1. True friendship between two men of accomplishment need not be overly demonstrative.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Japanese: 君子の交わりは淡きこと水の如し (kunshi no majiwari wa awaki koto mizu no gotoshi) (calque)