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not; no
 
to use; according to; so as to; in order to; by; with; because; Israel (abbrev.)
thing; object; matter
 
to be fond of; to like; to enjoy; to be happy; to feel pleased; happiness; delight; glad
not; no
 
to use; according to; so as to; in order to; by; with; because; Israel (abbrev.)
6th heavenly stem; self
 
sad; sadness; sorrow; grief
simp. and trad.
(不以物喜,不以己悲)
Literally: “to not be thrilled or depressed because of external objects and one's experiences”.

EtymologyEdit

From Yueyang Lou Ji by 范仲淹 (Fan Zhongyan):

仁人二者 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
仁人二者 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: 1046, 范仲淹 (Fan Zhongyan), 《岳陽樓記》
Yú cháng qiú gǔ rénrén zhī xīn, huò yì èrzhě zhī wèi, hé zāi? , bēi. [Pinyin]
I have looked into the attitude of the ancient sages, and it was different from those of the two aforementioned groups of people, why? (The ancient sages) were not thrilled or depressed because of external objects and their experiences.

PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

不以物喜,不以己悲

  1. to not be emotionally affected by external objects and one's experiences

Usage notesEdit

It is equivalent to 不以物悲,不以己喜.