天下為公

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Chinese[edit]

 
under heaven; the world; everything under the sky
under heaven; the world; everything under the sky; all under heaven
 
because of; for; to
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
 
just; honorable; public
just; honorable; public; common; fair; duke; mister
trad. (天下為公) 天下
simp. (天下为公) 天下
Obverse of the NT$100 note ('天下為公' is written on the far right)

Etymology[edit]

A famous quote from the Book of Rites:

大道天下為公選賢與能。」 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
大道天下为公选贤与能。” [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Analects of Confucius, circa 475 – 221 BCE, translated based on James Legge's version
Dàdào zhī xíng yě, tiānxiàwéigōng. Xuǎnxiányǔnéng, jiǎng xìn xiū mù.” [Pinyin]
When the Grand course was pursued, a public and common spirit ruled all under the sky; they chose men of talents, virtue, and ability; their words were sincere, and what they cultivated was harmony.

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

天下為公

  1. the world belongs to the people; a public and common spirit rules all under the sky; the whole world as one community