生財有道

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Chinese[edit]

 
to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be
 
direction; way; method; road; path; principle; truth; reason; skill; Tao (of Taoism); a measure word; to say; to speak; to talk
trad. (生財有道) 生財
simp. (生财有道) 生财

Etymology[edit]

From the Great Learning in the Book of Rites:

生財 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
生财 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Book of Rites, circa 4th – 2nd century BCE
Shēngcái yǒudào, shēngzhī zhě zhòng, shízhī zhě guǎ, wéizhī zhě jí, yòngzhī zhě shū, zé cái héng zú yǐ. [Pinyin]
There's an important method of making money: there should be many people who make money; there should be few peopele who have the money; people who engage in making money should be eager; peopele who use the money should be thrifty. Then there will be enough money forever.

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Idiom[edit]

生財有道

  1. (sometimes derogatory) to be expert in making money; to have the knack of making money
    • 生財有道受用無由 [Ci, trad.]
      生财有道受用无由 [Ci, simp.]
      From: Yuan dynasty, 錢霖,《般涉調·哨遍·看錢奴》
      Shēngcáiyǒudào, Shòuyòngwúyóu. [Pinyin]
      [They] are expert in making money,
      [But they] can't enjoy [their] money.

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