飲水思源

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Chinese[edit]

to drink water to think; to consider root; source; origin
trad. (飲水思源) 飲水
simp. (饮水思源) 饮水
Literally: “drink water, consider the source”.

Etymology[edit]

Literally "when you drink water, think of its source", i.e. remember where and how the water came from. Don’t just be thankful for the water: be thankful for all the elements and processes (both past and present) that allowed you to enjoy that humble cup of water.

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Idiom[edit]

飲水思源

  1. to remember where one's happiness comes from; to not forget one's roots or heritage

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