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Die Without Regret

sǐ ér wú huǐ
Die Without Regret Scroll

死而無悔 is how to say "die with no regrets" in Mandarin Chinese.

This proverb comes from the Analects of Confucius.

See Also:  No Regrets

The Foundation of Good Conduct

Quote from Confucius
zhì yú dào jù yú dé yī yú rén yóu yú yì
The Foundation of Good Conduct Scroll

This proverb from the Analects of Confucius translates as:

Resolve yourself in the Dao/Tao/Way.
Rely on Virtue.
Reside in benevolence.
Revel in the arts.

According to Confucius, these are the tenets of good and proper conduct.

This was written over 2500 years ago. The composition is in ancient Chinese grammar and phrasing. A modern Chinese person would need a background in Chinese literature to understand this without the aid of a reference.

The Ease of the Scholar

Quote from Confucius
mò ér zhì zhī xué ér bù yàn huǐ rén bù juàn hé yòu yú wǒ zāi
The Ease of the Scholar Scroll

This quote from the Analects of Confucius translates as:

To quietly recite and memorize the classics,
to love learning without tiring of it,
never be bored with teaching,
How could these be difficult for me?

This is a suggestion that for a true scholar, all of these things come with ease.

This was written over 2500 years ago. The composition is in ancient Chinese grammar and phrasing. A modern Chinese person would need a background in Chinese literature to understand this without the aid of a reference.

Confucius: Universal Education

zì xíng shù xiū yǐ shàng wú wèi cháng wú huì yān
Confucius: Universal Education Scroll

This quote from the Analects of Confucius translates as:

For anyone who brings even the smallest token of appreciation, I have yet to refuse instruction.

Another way to put it is: If a student (or potential student) shows just an ounce of interest, desire, or appreciation for the opportunity to learn, a teacher should offer a pound of knowledge.

This was written over 2500 years ago. The composition is in ancient Chinese grammar and phrasing. A modern Chinese person would need a background in Chinese literature to understand this without the aid of a reference.

Forgive and Forget

Confucian Proverb
bú niàn jiù è
Forgive and Forget Scroll

This Chinese proverb can be translated as, "Do not recall old grievances", or more simply as, "Forgive and forget".

The character breakdown:
不 (bù) not; no; don't.
念 (niàn) read aloud.
舊 (jiù) old; former.
惡 (è) wicked deeds; grievances; sins.

This proverb comes from the Analects of Confucius.

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Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Die Without Regret死而無悔
sǐ ér wú huǐ
si3 er2 wu2 hui3
si er wu hui
ssu erh wu hui
The Foundation of Good Conduct誌于道據于德依于仁遊于藝
zhì yú dào jù yú dé yī yú rén yóu yú yì
zhi4 yu2 dao4 ju4 yu2 de2 yi1 yu2 ren2 you2 yu2 yi4
zhi yu dao ju yu de yi yu ren you yu yi
chih yü tao chü yü te i yü jen yu yü i
The Ease of the Scholar默而識之學而不厭誨人不倦何有于我哉
mò ér zhì zhī xué ér bù yàn huǐ rén bù juàn hé yòu yú wǒ zāi
mo4 er2 zhi4 zhi1 xue2 er2 bu4 yan4 hui3 ren2 bu4 juan4 he2 you4 yu2 wo3 zai1
mo er zhi zhi xue er bu yan hui ren bu juan he you yu wo zai
mo erh chih chih hsüeh erh pu yen hui jen pu chüan ho yu yü wo tsai
Confucius: Universal Education自行束脩以上吾未嘗無誨焉 (note 嘗 = 嚐)
zì xíng shù xiū yǐ shàng wú wèi cháng wú huì yān
zi4 xing2 shu4 xiu1 yi3 shang4 wu2 wei4 chang2 wu2 hui4 yan1
zi xing shu xiu yi shang wu wei chang wu hui yan
tzu hsing shu hsiu i shang wu wei ch`ang wu hui yen
tzu hsing shu hsiu i shang wu wei chang wu hui yen
Forgive and Forget不念舊惡
bú niàn jiù è
bu2 nian4 jiu4 e4
bu nian jiu e
pu nien chiu o
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bù niàn jiù è
    bu4 nian4 jiu4 e4
pu nien chiu o
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do not recall old grievances (idiom, from Analects); forgive and forget



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sǐ ér wú huǐ
    si3 er2 wu2 hui3
ssu erh wu hui
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to die without regret (idiom, from Analects)



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wēn gù zhī xīn
    wen1 gu4 zhi1 xin1
wen ku chih hsin
to review the old and know the new (idiom, from the Analects); to recall the past to understand the future
See: 温故知新



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jiàn yì yǒng wéi
    jian4 yi4 yong3 wei2
chien i yung wei
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to see what is right and act courageously (idiom, from Analects); to stand up bravely for the truth; acting heroically in a just cause



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jiàn xián sī qí
    jian4 xian2 si1 qi2
chien hsien ssu ch`i
    chien hsien ssu chi
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see a worthy, think to imitate (idiom, from Analects); emulate the virtuous; Follow the example of a virtuous and wise teacher.



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qī xián
    qi1 xian2
ch`i hsien
    chi hsien
(1) (See 七賢人) the Seven Wise Men (of Confucius's Analects); (2) (See 竹林の七賢) Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove
(七賢位) Also七方便位, 七加行位 The seven grades or steps in virtue preceding the entry into見道faultless wisdom, or faultlessness in its first realization. These seven are preliminary to the七聖 (七聖位). Both are grades of the倶舍 Kośa school of Hīnayāna; seven [stages of] goodness



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sì shū
    si4 shu1
ssu shu
Four Books, namely: the Great Learning 大學|大学, the Doctrine of the Mean 中庸, the Analects of Confucius 論語|论语, and Mencius 孟子
the Four Books (Confucian texts)


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analects; sayings


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 ronmou / ronmo
the Confucian Analects and the Discourses of Mencius



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lún yǔ
    lun2 yu3
lun yü
The Analects of Confucius 孔子[Kong3 zi3]
(See 四書) the Analects of Confucius (one of the Four Books)



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shí sān jīng
    shi2 san1 jing1
shih san ching
the Thirteen Confucian Classics, namely: Book of Songs 詩經|诗经[Shi1 jing1], Book of History 尚書|尚书[Shang4 shu1], Rites of Zhou 周禮|周礼[Zhou1 li3], Rites and Ceremonies 儀禮|仪礼[Yi2 li3], Classic of Rites 禮記|礼记[Li3 ji4], Book of Changes 易經|易经[Yi4 jing1], Mr Zuo's Annals 左傳|左传[Zuo3 Zhuan4], Mr Gongyang's Annals 公羊傳|公羊传[Gong1 yang2 Zhuan4], Mr Guliang's Annals 穀梁傳|谷梁传[Gu3 liang2 Zhuan4], The Analects 論語|论语[Lun2 yu3], Erya 爾雅|尔雅[Er3 ya3], Classic of Filial Piety 孝經|孝经[Xiao4 jing1], Mencius 孟子[Meng4 zi3]


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 meigenshuu / megenshu
collection of (famous) quotes; collection of sayings; analects



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yǐ rén fèi yán
    yi3 ren2 fei4 yan2
i jen fei yen
to reject a word because of the speaker (idiom, from Analects); to judge on preference between advisers rather than the merits of the case



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rèn zhòng dào yuǎn
    ren4 zhong4 dao4 yuan3
jen chung tao yüan
a heavy load and a long road; fig. to bear heavy responsibilities through a long struggle (cf Confucian Analects, 8.7)



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kè jǐ fù lǐ
    ke4 ji3 fu4 li3
k`o chi fu li
    ko chi fu li
restrain yourself and return to the rites (idiom, from Analects); to subdue self and observe proprieties; (any number of possible translations)


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wēi ér bù chí
    wei1 er2 bu4 chi2
wei erh pu ch`ih
    wei erh pu chih
national danger, but no support (idiom, from Analects); the future of the nation is at stake but no-one comes to the rescue



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kǒng zǐ jiā yǔ
    kong3 zi3 jia1 yu3
k`ung tzu chia yü
    kung tzu chia yü
The School Sayings of Confucius, a supplement to the Analects; abbr. to 家語|家语[Jia1 yu3]



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xué ér bù yàn
    xue2 er2 bu4 yan4
hsüeh erh pu yen
study tirelessly (idiom, from Analects)



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zǎi yǔ zhòu qǐn
    zai3 yu3 zhou4 qin3
tsai yü chou ch`in
    tsai yü chou chin
Zai Yu sleeps by day (idiom); refers to story in Analects of Confucius remonstrating bitterly with his student for sleeping during lectures



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shě jǐ wèi rén
    she3 ji3 wei4 ren2
she chi wei jen
to abandon self for others (idiom, from Analects); to sacrifice one's own interest for other people; altruism


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(expression) (idiom) wasting one's breath (trying to explain something); (reading) the Analects of Confucius to a dog


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zhí dào ér xíng
    zhi2 dao4 er2 xing2
chih tao erh hsing
lit. to go straight (idiom, from Analects); to act with integrity



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zhòng xīng gǒng chén
    zhong4 xing1 gong3 chen2
chung hsing kung ch`en
    chung hsing kung chen
lit. all the stars revolve around Polaris 北辰[Bei3 chen2] (idiom, from Analects); fig. to view sb as core figure; to group around a revered leader



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zhòng xīng pěng yuè
    zhong4 xing1 peng3 yue4
chung hsing p`eng yüeh
    chung hsing peng yüeh
lit. all the stars cup themselves around the moon (idiom, from Analects); fig. to view sb as core figure; to group around a revered leader; to revolve around sb


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 tanshihyouin / tanshihyoin
(obscure) (yoji) (from the Analects of Confucius) simple food and drink; being content with a frugal life; a bamboo dish of rice and a gourd of drink



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xíng yǒu yú lì
    xing2 you3 yu2 li4
hsing yu yü li
after that, any remaining energy (idiom from Analects); time for extracurricular activities



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huì rén bù juàn
    hui4 ren2 bu4 juan4
hui jen pu chüan
instructing with tireless zeal (idiom, from Analects)



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guò yóu bù jí
    guo4 you2 bu4 ji2
kuo yu pu chi
too far is as bad as not enough (idiom, from the Analects)



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zuān jiān yǎng gāo
    zuan1 jian1 yang3 gao1
tsuan chien yang kao
lit. looking up to it, it gets higher; boring into it, it gets harder (idiom) (from Analects); fig. to delve deeply into one's studies; meticulous and diligent study


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yī yán yǐ bì zhī
    yi1 yan2 yi3 bi4 zhi1
i yen i pi chih
one word says it all (idiom, from Analects); to cut a long story short; in a nutshell

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