哀莫大於心死

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Chinese[edit]

 
sorrow; grief; pity; to grieve for; to pity; to lament
do not; there is none who to be greater than; to be bigger than heart; mind
 
to die; inpassable; uncrossable; inflexible; rigid
trad. (哀莫大於心死) 大於
simp. (哀莫大于心死) 大于
Literally: “Nothing is more lamentable than a dead heart.”.

Etymology[edit]

From Zhuangzi, chapter 21 (Tian Zifang):

哀莫大於心死 [MSC, trad.]
哀莫大于心死 [MSC, simp.]
āi mò dàyú xīn sǐ, ér rén sǐ yì cì zhī. [Pinyin]
There is no sorrow to be compared with the death of the mind. The death of the body is of but secondary importance.

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Proverb[edit]

哀莫大於心死

  1. Despair is the greatest sorrow; Nothing gives greater cause for sorrow than despair; There is no grief so great as despair; There is no poverty like the poverty of spirit.