天生我材必有用

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Chinese[edit]

day; sky; heaven
 
to be born; to give birth; life
to be born; to give birth; life; to grow; student; raw
I; me material
 
certainly; must; will
certainly; must; will; necessarily
 
to have; there is; there are
to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be
to use
simp. and trad.
(天生我材必有用)
alternative forms 天生我才必有用

Etymology[edit]

From Li Bai's poem 《將進酒》:

天生我材必有用千金復來 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
天生我材必有用千金复来 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Translated by Yang Xianyi
Tiān shēng wǒ cái bì yǒu yòng, qiānjīn sàn jìn huán fùlái. [Pinyin]
Heaven has made us talents; we're not made in vain.
A thousand gold coins spent, more will turn up again.

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

天生我材必有用

  1. Everybody has something that they were born to be good at; if you search hard enough, you will find your niche in life; everyone is put on this Earth to achieve something.