朝聞道,夕死可矣

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Chinese[edit]

 
morning; to face; towards; facing; direct; a dynasty; the imperial court; (abbr.) Korea, esp. N. Korea
 
hear; news; celebrated; sniff at
 
direction; way; method; road; path; principle; truth; reason; skill; Tao (of Taoism); a measure word; to say; to speak; to talk
dusk; evening
 
to die; inpassable; uncrossable; inflexible; rigid
 
can; may; able to; certain(ly); to suit; (particle used for emphasis)
final part.
trad. (朝聞道,夕死可矣)
simp. (朝闻道,夕死可矣)

Etymology[edit]

From: c. 479 BCE – 221 BCE, Analects of Confucius

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

朝聞道,夕死可矣

  1. If in the morning I were to gain knowledge of the correct path (in life), I would be able to die at sunset (without regrets).