工欲善其事,必先利其器

Contents

ChineseEdit

 
work; worker; skill; profession; trade; craft; labor
 
desire; longing; appetite; wish
good
 
his; her; its; theirs; that; such; it (refers to sth preceding it)
 
matter; thing; item; work; affair
 
certainly; must; will; necessarily
 
early; prior; former; in advance; first
 
advantage; benefit; profit; sharp
 
his; her; its; theirs; that; such; it (refers to sth preceding it)
device; tool; utensil
simp. and trad.
(工欲善其事,必先利其器)
Literally: “If a workman wishes to do a good job, he must first sharpen his tools.”.

EtymologyEdit

c. 479 BCE – 221 BCE, Analects of Confucius

PronunciationEdit


ProverbEdit

工欲善其事,必先利其器

  1. One must have good tools in order to do a good job.

ReferencesEdit

  • “工欲善其事,必先利其器”, in Guoyu Cidian On-line Mandarin Dictionary (國語辭典)[1] (in Mandarin), accessed 2009-02-02