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君子之交淡如水, 小人之交甘若醴 [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-8-14 23:28:02 |Display all floors
君子之交淡如水, 小人之交甘若醴
decent people acquaints each other as water flat, inferiors socializes with wine sweet

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Post time 2007-8-15 10:01:18 |Display all floors
Originally posted by zhsheen at 2007-8-14 23:28
君子之交淡如水, 小人之交甘若醴
decent people acquaints each other as water flat, inferiors socializes with wine sweet


flat -> plain?

still thinking...

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Post time 2007-8-15 10:12:33 |Display all floors
Friendship between decent men is as plain as water,yet clean.
Intimacy between small men is as sweet as rum,yet corrupt.

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Post time 2007-8-15 11:49:47 |Display all floors
I know it is controversial to translate 论语 excerpts. I think the key here is how to word 之交 in English. I appreciate the structure of "... yet clean, ... yet corrupt"

Hmmm, thinking...

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Post time 2007-8-15 12:07:01 |Display all floors
君子之交淡如水, 小人之交甘若醴
The firendship between gentlemen is plain yet clean, while that between common people is intimate yet  muddled.
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Post time 2007-8-15 12:10:20 |Display all floors

from the net

The friendship between gentlemen appears indifferent but is pure like water; the friendship between mean menis as sweet as wine. ----The book of rites 君子之交淡如水;小人之交甘若酒。 ----礼记

感觉对比的意味不是很明显,特别是as sweet as wine 似乎给人的感觉也不错
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