授人以魚不如授人以漁

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Chinese[edit]

 
to teach; to instruct; to award; to give
man; person; people
 
to use; according to; so as to; in order to; by; with; because; Israel (abbrev.)
fish (negative prefix); not; no as (if); such as
 
to teach; to instruct; to award; to give
man; person; people
 
to use; according to; so as to; in order to; by; with; because; Israel (abbrev.)
fisherman; to fish
trad. (授人以魚不如授人以漁)
simp. (授人以鱼不如授人以渔)

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "giving a person fish is not as good as giving a person (the technique of) fishing". The words for "fish" () and "fishing" () have been homophonic since Old Chinese, both derived from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *s-ŋja ‎(fish).

Pronunciation[edit]

Proverb[edit]

授人以魚不如授人以漁

  1. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.