天下本無事,庸人自擾之

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Chinese[edit]

 
under heaven; the world; everything under the sky; all under heaven
 
roots or stems of plants; origin; source; this; the current; root; foundation; basis; (a measure word)
to have no further business; to have nothing further to discuss 's; him/her/it; this
trad. (天下本無事,庸人自擾之) 天下 無事 庸人自擾
simp. (天下本无事,庸人自扰之) 天下 无事 庸人自扰
Literally: “nothing under the heavens is the matter until a person of mediocre ability messes things up for himself”.

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天下本無事,庸人自擾之

  1. to bring angst or trouble on oneself; to try to fix something that was not broken in the first place
    處女座容易陷入天下本無事庸人自擾之情緒根本沒有什麼事情發生心情放開一點不要 [MSC, trad.]
    处女座容易陷入天下本无事庸人自扰之情绪根本没有什么事情发生心情放开一点不要 [MSC, simp.]
    Chǔnǚzuò róngyì xiànrù tiānxiàběnwúshì yōngrénzìrǎozhī de qíngxù zhōng, gēnběn dōu méiyǒu shénme shìqíng fāshēng, xīnqíng yào fàngkāi yīdiǎn bùyào xiǎng tài duō. [Pinyin]
    Virgos will find it easy to fall into the trap of feeling like they should try to fix something that was not broken in the first place. Nothing has actually happened, so relax and don't overthink things.

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