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The Gift of Tradition

The decorations and special objects that are unique to one’s family are a key part of holiday traditions. They come to symbolize the magic and heritage of each family and the meaning of the season. Vaillancourt […]

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Unable To Do as One Would Wish (力不從心)

The Chinese idiom “力不從心” (lì bù cóng xīn) means “unable to do as one would wish,” or that one’s ability is not equal to one’s ambition. It came from a story about Ban Chao, which […]

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The Donkey Has Exhausted Its Tricks

The Chinese idiom “黔驴技穷” (qián lǘ jì qióng) literally means “the donkey has exhausted its tricks” and it is based on a fable included in the book San Jie by Liu Zongyuan(1) who was one […]

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Chinese Idiom: The Benevolent Has No Enemy

By Epoch Times Staff “The benevolent has no enemy” (仁者無敵, pronounced rén zhě wú dí) is a Chinese idiom that originated from Meng Zi (孟子), also known as Mencius, the most well-known successor of Confucian […]

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Chinese Idiom: Do What Is Right Without Hesitation (義無返顧)

The Chinese idiom 義無返顧 (yì wú fǎn gù) advises people to “do what is right without hesitation.” The idiom originates from a passage in the “Biography of Sima Xiangru” (司馬相如列傳), a chapter in “Shiji” (史記), […]

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Chinese Idioms: Instant Victory Upon Arrival on a Horse

The Chinese idiom 馬到成功 (Mǎ Dào Chéng Gōng), which literally means attaining success upon arriving on a horse, can be found in literary works of the Yuan Dynasty (A.D. 1279–1368). However, a related story can […]

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Chinese Character for Wisdom: Zhì (智)

智 (zhì) is the Chinese character for wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge. The character consists of three components. On the top left, 矢 (shǐ) is the radical/character for an arrow or dart, and also refers to […]