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Better to Choose Nothing, Rather than Make a Poor Choice

China nìng quē wú làn
Better to Choose Nothing, Rather than Make a Poor Choice Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb can be translated as, "Better to have nothing (than substandard choice)."

It basically suggests that one should prefer to go without something rather than accept a shoddy option.


See Also:  A Deliberate Inaction Is Better Than a Blind Action

A Deliberate Inaction
Is Better Than A Blind Action

China yí dòng bù rú yí jìng
A Deliberate Inaction / Is Better Than A Blind Action Vertical Wall Scroll

Sometimes this is translated by others as "Look before you leap" but the more accurate and direct translation is the one I used in the title.

While somewhat military in its origin, this proverb can apply to any situation where a decision needs to be made, but perhaps there are still some "unknowns."

This phrase suggests that in our "action based" world, sometimes the "smarter move" is "no move at all."

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Better to Choose Nothing, Rather than Make a Poor Choice寧缺毋濫
宁缺毋滥
nìng quē wú làn
ning4 que1 wu2 lan4
ning que wu lan
ningquewulan
ning ch`üeh wu lan
ningchüehwulan
ning chüeh wu lan
A Deliberate Inaction
Is Better Than A Blind Action
一動不如一靜
一动不如一静
yí dòng bù rú yí jìng
yi2 dong4 bu4 ru2 yi2 jing4
yi dong bu ru yi jing
yidongburuyijing
i tung pu ju i ching
itungpujuiching
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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