水能載舟,亦能覆舟

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Chinese[edit]

water; river
 
ability; can; may; capable; energy; able
 
to carry; to convey; to load; to hold; and; also; as well as; simultaneously; year
boat also
 
ability; can; may; capable; energy; able
 
to cover; to overflow; to reply to a letter; to overturn; to capsize
boat
trad. (水能載舟,亦能覆舟)
simp. (水能载舟,亦能覆舟)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: The water that bears the boat is the same that swallows it.

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

水能載舟,亦能覆舟

  1. If something is used correctly, it will be of benefit. If used incorrectly, it will do harm.

References[edit]

  • “水能載舟,亦能覆舟”, in Guoyu Cidian On-line Mandarin Dictionary (國語辭典)[1] (in Mandarin), accessed 2008-11-18