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Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also

shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also Scroll

Many things have opposite properties. The water you drink can also drown you. Pork may nourish you and keep you alive but under-cook it and it could kill you. Potassium nitrate is often used as a fertilizer to grow the food that sustains us but it's also been used as an explosive to topple buildings and destroy us.

This concept is easily associated with "yin yang" where an element has two opposite properties that are as different as night and day.

This proverb's meaning can be summed up this way: "Anything that can lead you to success may also contain great risks".

This phrase is known in literary circles by Korean people (scholars or literature). It is therefore also a valid proverb in Korean Hanja, though most Koreans would not be able to make sense of it.

Please note that there is an unwritten rule when the same character appears twice in the same phrase, the calligrapher will alter the appearance so that no two characters are exactly alike in the same piece. This calligraphy has two repeating characters that will be written differently than they appear here.

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

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also水能載舟亦能覆舟
shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
shui3 neng2 zai4 zhou1 yi4 neng2 fu4 zhou1
shui neng zai zhou yi neng fu zhou
shui neng tsai chou i neng fu chou
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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board; plank; plate; shutter; table tennis bat; clappers (music); CL:塊|块[kuai4]; accented beat in Chinese music; hard; stiff; to stop smiling or look serious
(1) board; plank; (2) sheet (of metal); plate (of glass); pane; slab; (3) (See 俎板) cutting board; chopping board; (4) (abbreviation) (usu. as 板さん) (See 板前・1,板場・いたば・2) chef (esp. of high-end Japanese cuisine); cook; (5) stage (i.e. at a theatre); (personal name) Ban
A board; a board struck for calling e. g. to meals.

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to rinse; to trick; to fool sb; to cook by dipping finely sliced ingredients briefly in boiling water or soup (generally done at the dining table)

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cook; dashing of water

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(Cantonese) to simmer; to cook over a slow fire

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to cook food
(surname) Kashigi

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to cook in a small quantity of water

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(dialect) to cook in salt or sand, inside a sealed pot; to steam; to bake

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to cook; to boil
(suffix) (1) simmered with; cooked with; (2) boiling; boiled dish
To boil, cook.

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to cook slowly over a low flame; pot; saucepan
to heat

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to stir-fry then cook with sauce and water; to boil food briefly then dress with soy etc; to choke; to irritate (throat etc)

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to cook on a slow fire; to extract by heating; to decoct; to endure

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to cauterize; to scorch
cook, burn; cook, burn

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to burn; to cook; to stew; to bake; to roast; to heat; to boil (tea, water etc); fever; to run a temperature; (coll.) to let things go to one's head
To burn.

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to cook in a covered vessel; to casserole; to stew

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to braise; to cook in soy and vinegar; braised; cooked in soy and vinegar

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cooking-stove; to cook

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cooked food; to cook (until ready)

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to steam; to cook in a steamer; to reheat cold food by steaming it

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food; to cook



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xià chú
    xia4 chu2
hsia ch`u
    hsia chu
to go to the kitchen (to prepare a meal); to cook


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(noun/participle) preliminary boiling (of hard-to-cook ingredients); cooking in advance



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chuàn shāo
    chuan4 shao1
ch`uan shao
    chuan shao
to cook on a skewer; barbecued food on a skewer; shish kebab; (fig.) to perform or play songs in sequence; sequence of songs; medley


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huǒ fū
    huo3 fu1
huo fu
mess cook (old)


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zuò cài
    zuo4 cai4
tso ts`ai
    tso tsai
to cook; cooking



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zuò fàn
    zuo4 fan4
tso fan
to prepare a meal; to cook


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diǎn zuò
    dian3 zuo4
tien tso
 tenza; tenzo
    てんざ; てんぞ
{Buddh} (See 六知事) one of the six administrators of a Zen temple (in charge of food and other matters)
The verger who indicates the order of sitting, etc; head cook


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 chuujin; kuriyabito / chujin; kuriyabito
    ちゅうじん; くりやびと
chef; head cook


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 chuusai / chusai
(archaism) chef; head cook



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huí guō
    hui2 guo1
hui kuo
to cook again; to rewarm food


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tú rén
    tu2 ren2
t`u jen
    tu jen
 tojin; dojin
    とじん; どじん
(1) (obscure) (See 屠者) slaughterer; butcher; (2) (archaism) cook
To butcher, kill; a butcher.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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