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Ultimate Goodness of Water

Quote from Lao Tzu

shàng shàn ruò shuǐ
Ultimate Goodness of Water Scroll

This quote is sometimes presented as, "Be like water".

However, this is an ancient quote from the great philosopher Lao Tzu. It basically suggests that the ultimate goodness and purity (in the world) is water. Many take this as a suggestion to be like pure/good water.

Be Like Water

xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
Be Like Water Scroll

像水一樣 is a short quote from a much longer statement by Bruce Lee.

He was summarizing how people should be flexible to all circumstances, attacks, or situations. At the end, he exclaims, "Be like water my friend". 像水一樣 is the, "Be like water" part alone, since that seems to be what most people want.

Be Like Water

Quote from Lao Tzu

ruò shuǐ
Be Like Water Scroll

若水 is part of a very old saying from Lao Tzu.

It these two characters, there is a suggestion to be like water. The full phrase is about the goodness and purity of water. So, when this suggests being like water, it is actually a suggestion to be a good person (one who does not dishonor himself/herself etc).




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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

上善若水

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shàng shàn ruò shuǐ
    shang4 shan4 ruo4 shui3
shang shan jo shui
Be Like Water Scroll
the ideal is to be like water (which benefits all living things and does not struggle against them) (quotation from the "Book of Dao" 道德經|道德经[Dao4 de2 jing1])

信水

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xìn shuǐ
    xin4 shui3
hsin shui
 shinsui
    しんすい
(given name) Shinsui
Faith pure and purifying like water; water of faith

如水

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rú shuǐ
    ru2 shui3
ju shui
 nyosui
    にょすい
(personal name) Nyosui
like water

心性

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xīn xìng
    xin1 xing4
hsin hsing
 shinsei / shinse
    しんせい
one's nature; temperament
mind; disposition; nature
Immutable mind-corpus, or mind-nature, the self-existing fundamental pure mind, the all, the Tathāgata-garbha, or 如來藏心; 自性淸淨心; also described in the 起信論 Awakening of Faith as immortal 不生不滅. Another definition identifies 心 with 性 saying 性卽是心, 心卽是佛 the nature is the mind, and mind is Buddha; another, that mind and nature are the same when 悟 awake and understanding, but differ when 迷 in illusion; and further, in reply to the statement that the Buddha-nature is eternal but the mind not eternal, it is said, the nature is like water, the mind like ice, illusion turns nature to mental ice form, awakening melts it back to its proper nature.

心水

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xīn shuǐ
    xin1 shui3
hsin shui
 motomi
    もとみ
(female given name) Motomi
The mind as a reflecting water-surface; also the mind as water, clear or turbids; to mind like water

忍水

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rěn shuǐ
    ren3 shui3
jen shui
 ninsui
Patience in its depth and expanse compared to water; patient like water

貪水


贪水

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tān shuǐ
    tan1 shui3
t`an shui
    tan shui
 tonsui
Desire is like water carrying things along; desire being like water

揮金如土


挥金如土

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huī jīn rú tǔ
    hui1 jin1 ru2 tu3
hui chin ju t`u
    hui chin ju tu
lit. to squander money like dirt (idiom); fig. to spend money like water; extravagant

水火氷炭

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 suikahyoutan / suikahyotan
    すいかひょうたん
(yoji) not getting along well with each other; being like water and oil

湯水の如く

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 yumizunogotoku
    ゆみずのごとく
(adv,exp) like water; like it grows on trees

蛙の面に水

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 kaerunotsuranimizu
    かえるのつらにみず
(expression) like water off a duck's back; water on a frog's face

湯水のごとく

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 yumizunogotoku
    ゆみずのごとく
(adv,exp) like water; like it grows on trees

湯水のように

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 yumizunoyouni / yumizunoyoni
    ゆみずのように
(expression) (See 湯水・2) like water; like it grows on trees

蛙の面に小便

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 kaerunotsuranishouben / kaerunotsuranishoben
    かえるのつらにしょうべん
(expression) (colloquialism) (See 蛙の面に水) like water off a duck's back; urine on a frog's face

湯水のように使う

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 yumizunoyounitsukau / yumizunoyonitsukau
    ゆみずのようにつかう
(exp,v5u) to spend (money) like water; to spend (money) like it grows on trees; to throw around (one's money); to play ducks and drakes with

Variations:
立て板に水
立板に水

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 tateitanimizu / tatetanimizu
    たていたにみず
(exp,n) (idiom) (ant: 横板に雨垂れ) eloquence; volubility; (like) water on a standing board

鐵打的衙門,流水的官


铁打的衙门,流水的官

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tiě dǎ de yá men , liú shuǐ de guān
    tie3 da3 de5 ya2 men5 , liu2 shui3 de5 guan1
t`ieh ta te ya men , liu shui te kuan
    tieh ta te ya men , liu shui te kuan
lit. the yamen is strong as iron, the officials flow like water (idiom); fig. government officials come and go

Variations:
湯水のごとく
湯水の如く

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 yumizunogotoku
    ゆみずのごとく
(adv,exp) (as in 'spend money like water') (See 湯水・2) like water; like it grows on trees

Variations:
蛙の面に水
カエルの面に水
かえるの面に水

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 kaerunotsuranimizu(蛙no面ni水, kaeruno面ni水); kaerunotsuranimizu(kaeruno面ni水)
    かえるのつらにみず(蛙の面に水, かえるの面に水); カエルのつらにみず(カエルの面に水)
(expression) (idiom) like water off a duck's back; water on a frog's face

Variations:
蛙の面に小便
カエルの面に小便
かえるの面に小便

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 kaerunotsuranishouben(蛙no面ni小便, kaeruno面ni小便); kaerunotsuranishouben(kaeruno面ni小便) / kaerunotsuranishoben(蛙no面ni小便, kaeruno面ni小便); kaerunotsuranishoben(kaeruno面ni小便)
    かえるのつらにしょうべん(蛙の面に小便, かえるの面に小便); カエルのつらにしょうべん(カエルの面に小便)
(expression) (idiom) (colloquialism) (See 蛙の面に水) like water off a duck's back; urine on a frog's face

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

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Ultimate Goodness of Water上善若水shàng shàn ruò shuǐ
shang4 shan4 ruo4 shui3
shang shan ruo shui
shangshanruoshui
shang shan jo shui
shangshanjoshui
Be Like Water像水一樣xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
xiang4 shui3 yi2 yang4
xiang shui yi yang
xiangshuiyiyang
hsiang shui i yang
hsiangshuiiyang
Be Like Water若水ruò shuǐ / ruo4 shui3 / ruo shui / ruoshuijo shui / joshui


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