Daily Chinese Proverb: Selfish

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Friday, 28 August 2009 0 comments

This proverbial saying is used to describe someone who is selfish and greedy. This idiom originates from Mencius, and is used in stark contrast to the philosophies of Yáng Zhū (杨朱) which according to Mencius is very much ‘Each for himself’.

yī máo bù bá

楊子為我, 拔一毛而利天下, 不為也.
Yáng Zǐ wéi wǒ, bá yī máo ér​ lì tiānxià, bù wèi yě .

Yang Zhu teaches to do things purely for the benefit of oneself. If plucking, bá (拔) ,a single feather, yī máo (一毛), would benefit the world, he would not, bù (不), do it.

- He is a stingy person. Don’t even think about asking him to lend money to help someone.

Chinese Solo Artist: Zhang Liyin (张力尹)

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乐队(band): 张力尹 / Zhāng Lìyǐn / Zhang Liyin (known in South Korea as Jang Ri-in)
专辑(album): 星愿 / I Will
国家(country): China
发行时间(release date): March 2008

Zhang Liyin plays violin, piano and sings in both Korean and Chinese on her tracks. She is so far the only solo singer to have broken both Chinese and South Korean music markets. Her powerful soulful vocals could easily be compared to well-known R&B vocalists such as Whitney Houston or Leona Lewis. Her voice is stunning, complete knockout vocal performances in several of her songs are truly incredible and made the hairs on my neck stand on end.

Her 2008 album, I Will contained mainly ballads, although "A Flame For You" was more upbeat and is the theme song for CCTV's drama 'Ding Jia You Nu Xi Yang Yang'. "Timeless" and "Y (Why...)" are her most popular songs. Y being my personal favourite.

You can watch a video of her performing 'Y (Why?...)' on youtube here but embedding is disabled. I include a download link to her album below. Depending on your morals, you may prefer to buy it: but I couldnt find anywhere where it is available.

Zhang Liyin - I Will

1. Intro
2. 初恋 (First Love)
3. A Flame For You
4. 星愿 (I WILL) (Star Wish (I WILL))
5. 幸福的左岸 (The Left Shore of Happiness)
6. 后 (After)
7. 交错的爱 (Wrongly Given Love)
8. 相信爱 (Believe in Love)
9. 纯真的爱 (Pure Love)
10. One More Try
11. Y (Why…)
12. Timeless
13. 星愿 (I WILL) (Star Wish (I WILL)) – Korean version
14. 幸福的左岸 (The Left Shore of Happiness) – Korean version

You can download I Will
(If you are the copyright owner, please email me and I wil take the link down)

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