小國寡民

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Chinese[edit]

small country; small nation with a small population; sparsely populated
trad. (小國寡民) 小國 寡民
simp. (小国寡民) 小国 寡民

Etymology[edit]

From Tao Te Ching:

小國寡民使什伯使 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
小国寡民使什伯使 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Tao Te Ching, 4th century BCE
Xiǎoguóguǎmín, shǐ yǒu shíbó zhī qì ér bù yòng, shǐ mín zhòng sǐ ér bù yuǎn xǐ. [Pinyin]
In a little state with a small population, I would so order it, that, though there were individuals with the abilities of ten or a hundred men, there should be no employment of them; I would make the people, while looking on death as a grievous thing, yet not remove elsewhere (to avoid it).

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Idiom[edit]

小國寡民

  1. a small country with a small population