Daily Chinese Proverb: Feed or Fish?

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Tuesday, 11 August 2009
This is an often quoted proverb yet often one of the most overlooked in diplomacy and forieng policy around the World. When Western countries think they are helping in Africa etc. Charities give away wells, factories, grain, farms or schools (the fish) but don't teach the people that need to use them day-to-day the wisdom and the knowledge they require to maintain these services or products.

Feed a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

yǎnghuo nǐ rén yú sìliào tā yītiān。 jiāo rén bǔyú nǐ yǎnghuo tā yībèizi.

Unknown Author (although commonly misattributed to Confucius)

Unless he doesn't like sushi—then you also have to teach him to cook.
chúfēi tā bù xǐhuan shòusī nàme nǐ yě jiāo tā zuòfàn.

Auren Hoffman, Herald Philosopher

I must add that these are the first translations that I have attempted, using a translator for only the words that I didnt know, but me putting together the entire sentences. Apologies if they are wrong, and I welcome any corrections. I also couldnt find any other record of this latter quotation in Mandarin already (though I am sure it must have been).

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