Paroles de « Mulan »
Also known as the Classic of Poetry, the oldest poetry collection in Chinese, one of the 'Five Classics' traditionally said to have been created by Confucius, and of such significance that many of its expressions still exist in everyday modern Chinese languages.
A chengyu (4-character idiom), possibly from the novel 儿女英雄传 "The Story of Hero Boys and Hero Girls," by Wen Kang, 1878. Meaning: To be profoundly principled.
Da Ji was the favored consort of the last king of the Shang dynasty, King Zhou. She is said to have been voracious in appetite, lusts, and cruelty. She is the Chinese negative archetype of a beautiful woman leading to the destruction of a dynasty.
A Chinese chengyu (four character idiom) representing a person or official that is unburdened by either praise or condemnation, rewards or punishment, in doing their duty. From 在怀县 "Composed at Huai County" by Pan Yue, 247-300 A.D.
Possibly from the Extended Worthy Aphorisms (增广贤文), compiled during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It originally relates to being deeply involved in your readings. Ironically, the opposite sense is more understood nowadays: the joy of hearing and feeling the things around you.
A Chinese expression; the longer or more arduous the journey, the more it reveals about one's inner character. The full proverb: 路遥知马力，日久见人心。From 封神演义, "The Investiture of the Gods," A Chinese vernacular novel published in the 16th century.
From a Tang Dynasty poem by Gao Shi (704-765) titled 燕歌行 "A Song of the Yan Country".
From the original Ballad of Mulan (木兰诗), a musical poem recorded from at least as far back as the 6th century. The copy that survives is considerably later, from the 11th and 12th centuries in a compilation by Guo Maoqian.
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