知其不可而為

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ChineseEdit

to know; to be aware
 
his; her; its; theirs; that; such; it (refers to sth preceding it)
cannot
 
and; as well as; but (not); yet (not); (shows causal relation); (shows change of state); (shows contrast)
 
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
trad. (知其不可而為) 不可
simp. (知其不可而为) 不可

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IdiomEdit

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)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mr. Kong (Confucius) was advocating morality during a time of chaos (a futile undertaking).
  • “知其不可而為”, in Guoyu Cidian On-line Mandarin Dictionary (國語辭典)[1] (in Mandarin), accessed 2007-12-28
  • “知其不可而为之---是谁说的!这句话有什么典故,描写什么的!”, in Baidu Online Encylopedia[2] (in Mandarin), accessed 2007-12-28