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as (if); such as man; person; people to drink water coldness and warmness; daily changes in temperature to be personally aware
trad. (如人飲水,冷暖自知) 飲水 冷暖 自知
simp. (如人饮水,冷暖自知) 饮水 冷暖 自知
Literally: “Only the person who drinking the water knows whether it is warm or cold.”

EtymologyEdit

From The Transmission of the Lamp (景德傳燈錄卷第四).

PronunciationEdit


ProverbEdit

如人飲水,冷暖自知

  1. One must personally experience something in order to know what it's like.