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This Chinese idiom/proverb speaks of being above bribes, and not losing face or honor for a short-term gain. Some may also translate the perceived meaning as, "high-hearted," or "integrity beyond reproach."
The more literal meaning is "Do not bow down for the sake of five pecks of rice."
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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| wǔ dǒu mǐ dào / wu3 dou3 mi3 dao4
wu tou mi tao
gotobeidou / gotobedo / ごとべいどう
Way of the Five Pecks of Rice (Taoist movement); Way of the Celestial Master
(See 天師道) Way of the Five Pecks of Rice (ancient Chinese Daoist movement later known as The Way of the Celestial Masters)
|tenshidou / tenshido / てんしどう||
(See 五斗米道) Way of the Celestial Masters (ancient Chinese Daoist movement orig. known as The Way of the Five Pecks of Rice)
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|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|The Way of Five Pecks of Rice||五斗米道||gotobeidou / gotobeido||wǔ dǒu mǐ dào|
wu3 dou3 mi3 dao4
wu dou mi dao
|wu tou mi tao
|Having High Principles||不為五斗米折腰|
|bù wèi wǔ dǒu mǐ zhé yāo|
bu4 wei4 wu3 dou3 mi3 zhe2 yao1
bu wei wu dou mi zhe yao
|pu wei wu tou mi che yao
|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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