朝聞道,夕死可矣

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Chinese[edit]

 
morning; to face; towards
morning; to face; towards; facing; direct; a dynasty; the imperial court; (abbr.) Korea, esp. N. Korea
 
hear; news; celebrated
hear; news; celebrated; sniff at
 
direction; way; method
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; impassable; uncrossable
to die; impassable; uncrossable; inflexible; rigid
 
can; may; able to
can; may; able to; certain(ly); to suit; (particle used for emphasis)
final particle
trad. (朝聞道,夕死可矣)
simp. (朝闻道,夕死可矣)

Etymology[edit]

子曰:「 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
子曰:“ [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Analects of Confucius, circa 475 – 221 BCE, translated based on James Legge's version
Zǐyuē: “Zhāo wén dào, xī sǐ kě yǐ. [Pinyin]
The Master said, “If a man in the morning hear the right way, he may die in the evening without regret.”

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

Descendants[edit]

  • Japanese: 朝に道を聞かば夕べに死すとも可なり (ashita ni michi o kikaba yūbe ni shisu tomo ka nari) (calque)