如人飲水,冷暖自知

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Chinese[edit]

as (if); such as man; person; people drink water; river cold warm
 
from; self; oneself; since
to know; to be aware
trad. (如人飲水,冷暖自知)
simp. (如人饮水,冷暖自知)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: If a person drinks the water, he will know for himself whether it is warm or cold.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proverb[edit]

如人飲水,冷暖自知

  1. One must personally experience something in order to know what it's like.