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登泰山而小天下

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ChineseEdit

 
to go up; to climb; ascend; mount; register; note; to publish; to issue; to record
Mount Tai; Tarzan
 
and; as well as; but (not); yet (not); (shows causal relation); (shows change of state); (shows contrast)
 
small; tiny; few; young
 
under heaven; the world; everything under the sky; all under heaven
simp. and trad.
(登泰山而小天下)
泰山 天下

EtymologyEdit

From the book Mencius:

孟子孔子東山泰山天下 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
孟子孔子东山泰山天下 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Mengzi (Mencius), circa 4th century BCE
Mèngzǐ yuē: Kǒngzǐ dēng Dōngshān ér xiǎo Lǔ, dēng Tàishān ér xiǎo tiānxià. [Pinyin]
Mencius said, "Having climbed the East Peak (of Mount Tai), Lu seemed small to Confucius. Having climbed to the top of Mount Tai, the whole world below seemed small.

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IdiomEdit

登泰山而小天下

  1. to be able to see far and wide