Chengyu: 鍥而不捨 / “Perseverance”

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鍥而不捨

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Literal meaning: “To carve without giving up.”

Idiomatic meaning: To persevere, to stick with it.


This is an excerpt from a longer sentence in the Xunzi:

「鍥而捨之,朽木不折;鍥而不捨,金石可鏤。」
“If one carves and gives up, even rotten wood will be uncarvable. If one carves without giving up, even metal and stone can be engraved.”

Posted on: February 20, 2016, by : Q.Z.