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

China shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also Vertical Wall 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.

Drinking the water of a well,
one should never forget who dug it

China chī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén
Drinking the water of a well, / one should never forget who dug it Vertical Wall Scroll

This proverb suggests that one should always be grateful to those who helped you succeed.

And remember your ancestors and those that came before you whose sacrifices made your present life better.

Some Chinese will separate the intended meaning from this proverb and translate this as "Don't forget the people who once helped you." In Modern China, this idiom is virtually never used to refer to an actual well.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used phrase.

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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin yǐn / yin3
Taiwan yin
Japanese on
Chinese variant of 飲|饮[yin3]
To drink, swallow; to water cattle.

上る

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Japanese noboru / のぼる    agaru / あがる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) to ascend; to go up; to climb; (2) to ascend (as a natural process, e.g. the sun); to rise; (3) to go to (the capital); (4) to be promoted; (5) to add up to; (6) to advance (in price); (7) to swim up (a river); to sail up; (8) to come up (on the agenda); (irregular okurigana usage) (v5r,vi) (1) to rise; to go up; to come up; to ascend; to be raised; (2) to enter (esp. from outdoors); to come in; to go in; (3) to enter (a school); to advance to the next grade; (4) to get out (of water); to come ashore; (5) to increase; (6) to improve; to make progress; (7) to be promoted; to advance; (8) to be made (of profit, etc.); (9) to occur (esp. of a favourable result); (10) to be adequate (to cover expenses, etc.); (11) to be finished; to be done; to be over; (12) (of rain) to stop; to lift; (13) to stop (working properly); to cut out; to give out; to die; (14) to win (in a card game, etc.); (15) to be spoken loudly; (16) to get stage fright; (17) to be offered (to the gods, etc.); (18) (humble language) to go; to visit; (19) (honorific or respectful language) to eat; to drink; (20) to be listed (as a candidate); (21) to serve (in one's master's home); (22) to go north; (suf,v5r) (23) indicates completion

帶氣


带气

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Mandarin dài qì / dai4 qi4
Taiwan tai ch`i / tai chi
Chinese carbonated (drink); sparkling (mineral water); to display annoyance; to be dissatisfied

惡水


恶水

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Mandarin è shuǐ / e4 shui3
Taiwan o shui
Chinese dirty water; water that is unfit to drink; slops

掬飲


掬饮

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Mandarin jū yǐn / ju1 yin3
Taiwan chü yin
Chinese to drink water by scooping it up with both hands

桜湯

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Japanese sakurayu / さくらゆ Japanese drink made of boiled water poured over preserved cherry leaves and blossoms; (surname) Sakurayu

水乳

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Mandarin shuǐ rǔ / shui3 ru3
Taiwan shui ju
Japanese suinyū
Water and milk— an illustration of the intermingling of things; but their essential separateness is recognized in that the rāja-haṃsa (a kind of goose) is said to be able to drink up the milk leaving behind the water.

水物

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Japanese mizumono / みずもの Japanese (1) liquid; beverage; drink; (2) food with high water content; (3) gamble; uncertain affair; matter of chance

汲む

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Japanese kumu / くむ Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to draw (water); to ladle; to dip up; to scoop up; to pump; (2) (See 酌む・くむ) to pour (into a cup); to drink (together); (3) to consider (feelings, the situation, etc.); to sympathize with; to intuit; to understand; (4) to draw upon; to inherit

波尼

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Mandarin bō ní / bo1 ni2
Taiwan po ni
Japanese hani
波抳 pāna, drink, beverage; tr. as water (to drink); 波尼藍 tr. as 'water', but may be pānila, a drinking vessel.

痴水

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Mandarin chī shuǐ / chi1 shui3
Taiwan ch`ih shui / chih shui
The turbid waters of ignorance; also to drink the water of delusion.

酒虫

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Japanese sakamushi;sakemushi;shuchuu / sakamushi;sakemushi;shuchu / さかむし;さけむし;しゅちゅう Japanese (from 'Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio', 1740) mythical spirit residing in a person's body that generates a desire to drink (also said to turn water into alcohol)

飲用


饮用

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Mandarin yǐn yòng / yin3 yong4
Taiwan yin yung
Japanese inyou / inyo / いんよう
Chinese drink; drinking or drinkable (water)
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) drinking

飴湯

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Japanese ameyu / あめゆ Japanese {food} (See 水飴,冷やし飴) thick malt syrup poured into boiling water and sprinkled with cinnamon (used as a refreshing summer drink)

上がる

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Japanese agaru / あがる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) to rise; to go up; to come up; to ascend; to be raised; (2) to enter (esp. from outdoors); to come in; to go in; (3) to enter (a school); to advance to the next grade; (4) to get out (of water); to come ashore; (5) to increase; (6) to improve; to make progress; (7) to be promoted; to advance; (8) to be made (of profit, etc.); (9) to occur (esp. of a favourable result); (10) to be adequate (to cover expenses, etc.); (11) to be finished; to be done; to be over; (12) (of rain) to stop; to lift; (13) to stop (working properly); to cut out; to give out; to die; (14) to win (in a card game, etc.); (15) to be spoken loudly; (16) to get stage fright; (17) to be offered (to the gods, etc.); (18) (humble language) to go; to visit; (19) (honorific or respectful language) to eat; to drink; (20) to be listed (as a candidate); (21) to serve (in one's master's home); (22) to go north; (suf,v5r) (23) indicates completion

挙がる

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Japanese agaru / あがる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) to rise; to go up; to come up; to ascend; to be raised; (2) to enter (esp. from outdoors); to come in; to go in; (3) to enter (a school); to advance to the next grade; (4) to get out (of water); to come ashore; (5) to increase; (6) to improve; to make progress; (7) to be promoted; to advance; (8) to be made (of profit, etc.); (9) to occur (esp. of a favourable result); (10) to be adequate (to cover expenses, etc.); (11) to be finished; to be done; to be over; (12) (of rain) to stop; to lift; (13) to stop (working properly); to cut out; to give out; to die; (14) to win (in a card game, etc.); (15) to be arrested; (16) to turn up (of evidence, etc.); (17) to be spoken loudly; (18) to get stage fright; (19) to be offered (to the gods, etc.); (20) (humble language) to go; to visit; (21) (honorific or respectful language) to eat; to drink; (22) to be listed (as a candidate); (23) to serve (in one's master's home); (24) to go north; (suf,v5r) (25) indicates completion

揚がる

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Japanese agaru / あがる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) to rise; to go up; to come up; to ascend; to be raised; (2) to enter (esp. from outdoors); to come in; to go in; (3) to enter (a school); to advance to the next grade; (4) to get out (of water); to come ashore; (5) to increase; (6) to improve; to make progress; (7) to be promoted; to advance; (8) to be made (of profit, etc.); (9) to occur (esp. of a favourable result); (10) to be adequate (to cover expenses, etc.); (11) to be finished; to be done; to be over; (12) (of rain) to stop; to lift; (13) to stop (working properly); to cut out; to give out; to die; (14) to win (in a card game, etc.); (15) to be deep fried; (16) to be spoken loudly; (17) to get stage fright; (18) to be offered (to the gods, etc.); (19) (humble language) to go; to visit; (20) (honorific or respectful language) to eat; to drink; (21) to be listed (as a candidate); (22) to serve (in one's master's home); (23) to go north; (suf,v5r) (24) indicates completion

擇乳眼


择乳眼

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Mandarin zé rǔ yǎn / ze2 ru3 yan3
Taiwan tse ju yen
Japanese takunyūgen
The power to choose and drink the milk out of watered milk, leaving the water, as Hansarāja, the 'king of geese', is said to do; the eye for selecting milk

冷やし飴

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Japanese hiyashiame / ひやしあめ Japanese (kana only) {food} (See 飴湯) chilled syrup; soft drink of malt syrup mixed with boiling water, ginger juice, grated ginger, sometimes sprinkled with cinnamon (used as a refreshing summer drink, similar to ginger ale)

飲水思源


饮水思源

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Mandarin yǐn shuǐ sī yuán / yin3 shui3 si1 yuan2
Taiwan yin shui ssu yüan
Chinese lit. when you drink water, think of its source (idiom); gratitude for blessings and their well-spring; Don't forget where your happiness come from.; Be grateful for all your blessings!

飲流懷源


饮流怀源

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Mandarin yǐn liú huái yuán / yin3 liu2 huai2 yuan2
Taiwan yin liu huai yüan
Chinese lit. when you drink water, think of its source (idiom); gratitude for blessings and their well-spring; Don't forget where your happiness come from.; Be grateful for all your blessings!

チェイサー

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Japanese cheisaa / chesa / チェイサー Japanese (1) chaser; pursuer; (2) chaser; light drink (often just water) taken after a strong alcoholic drink

チェーサー

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Japanese cheesaa / cheesa / チェーサー Japanese (1) chaser; pursuer; (2) chaser; light drink (often just water) taken after a strong alcoholic drink

ニアウォーター

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Japanese niawootaa / niawoota / ニアウォーター Japanese soft drink with minute amounts of flavouring, etc. (wasei: near water)

ニアウオーター

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Japanese niauootaa / niauoota / ニアウオーター Japanese soft drink with minute amounts of flavouring, etc. (wasei: near water)

ニア・ウォーター

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Japanese nia wootaa / nia woota / ニア・ウォーター Japanese soft drink with minute amounts of flavouring, etc. (wasei: near water)

ニア・ウオーター

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Japanese nia uootaa / nia uoota / ニア・ウオーター Japanese soft drink with minute amounts of flavouring, etc. (wasei: near water)

チェイサー;チェーサー

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Japanese cheisaa;cheesaa / chesa;cheesa / チェイサー;チェーサー Japanese (1) chaser; pursuer; (2) chaser; light drink (often just water) taken after a strong alcoholic drink

師父領進門,修行在個人


师父领进门,修行在个人

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Mandarin shī fu lǐng jìn mén , xiū xíng zài gè rén / shi1 fu5 ling3 jin4 men2 , xiu1 xing2 zai4 ge4 ren2
Taiwan shih fu ling chin men , hsiu hsing tsai ko jen
Chinese the master leads you to the door, the rest is up to you; you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink

牽馬到河易,強馬飲水難


牵马到河易,强马饮水难

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Mandarin qiān mǎ dào hé yì , qiǎng mǎ yǐn shuǐ nán / qian1 ma3 dao4 he2 yi4 , qiang3 ma3 yin3 shui3 nan2
Taiwan ch`ien ma tao ho i , ch`iang ma yin shui nan / chien ma tao ho i , chiang ma yin shui nan
Chinese You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. (idiom)

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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
水能载舟亦能覆舟
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
Drinking the water of a well, one should never forget who dug it吃水不忘掘井人chī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén
chi1 shui3 bu2 wang4 jue2 jing3 ren2
chi shui bu wang jue jing ren
chishuibuwangjuejingren
ch`ih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
chih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
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