Phrase Request

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Phrase Request

Post by SF9067 » Sep 9, 2014 7:07 pm

Hello,

A friend is getting married and she stumbled upon this Confucius quote...

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

Is it possible to get a translation?

Thanks!

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Re: Phrase Request

Post by Gary » Sep 10, 2014 10:22 pm

My translator/researcher looked hard for original Confucius quotes as well as other people's opinions. With 90% confidence, this was not said by Confucius originally. It's more likely something said by a later follower of Confucius / Confucianism.

Here's an ancient style Chinese translation for that "quote" if you want it:
恨易爱难,此万物之规则也。 好事多磨,志者多难。

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Cheers,
-Gary.

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Re: Phrase Request

Post by SF9067 » Sep 12, 2014 5:02 am

Hi Gary,

thanks so much for your thoroughness and research on this!

I'll be making a donation shortly :)

thanks again!

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Re: Phrase Request

Post by Gary » Sep 17, 2014 5:20 pm

No worries. At least this phrase has a Chinese origin. It's not in the Analects of Confucius, but his followers also said a lot of things. Many times, I get requests for phrases attributed to a Chinese origin or Chinese philosopher, and it turns to be something someone made up in English proporting it to be from Chinese.

By the way, Netflix has an excellent movie about the life and trials of Confucius. If you don't mind reading subtitles (it's in Mandarin), the movie is a must-watch for any fan of Confucius. Just search for "Confucius" on Netflix.

-Gary.

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