如人飲水,冷暖自知

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Chinese[edit]

as (if); such as man; person; people to drink water coldness and warmness; daily changes in temperature to be personally aware
trad. (如人飲水,冷暖自知) 飲水 冷暖 自知
simp. (如人饮水,冷暖自知) 饮水 冷暖 自知
Literally: “Only the person who drinking the water knows whether it is warm or cold.”.

Etymology[edit]

From The Transmission of the Lamp (景德傳燈錄卷第四).

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.