知其不可而为

MandarinEdit

simpl. 不可
trad. 知其不可而為

EtymologyEdit

  1. ^ Mr. Kong (Confucius) was advocating morality during a time of chaos (a futile undertaking).

IdiomEdit

知其不可而为 (simplified, Pinyin zhī qí bùkě ér wéi, traditional 知其不可而為)

  1. to (stubbornly) do something even though you know it is impossible; to understand the difficulty of a feat but to attempt it anyway because it is the right thing to do (e.g. strive to eliminate world hunger)

SynonymsEdit

  • 知其不可而为之
  • 知其不可为而为之

ReferencesEdit

Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 05:16