Daily Chinese Proverb: Let it Be

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Wednesday, 19 August 2009
This is a proverb that Daoists take seriously and the French call Laissez-faire, which in English literally means "Let it be". Leave things to their own devices, get on with life and let everything be as it will be, without stressing.

顺其自然
shùn​qí​zì​rán​
Let things take their own course
(Without external influence)




无为 (wú​wéi​) means very similiar and literally 'Inaction' and is used most often within Daoism.

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3 comments

  1. I normally use 顺其自然
    And I think others use 顺其自然 too.

     
  2. oh, okay. thank you. :)

     
  3. Ah... there's another one, which is pretty common: 即来之,则安之。

    Same as 顺其自然

     

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