conjunction used to express contrast with a previous sentence or clause; standard; norm

Made up of [ dāo knife (radical) radical 18, bèi shell; precious; cowrie shell radical 154]
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 6 strokes.

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Also uses dāo component: bié (to leave) (toilet) chāo (to exceed) dào (arrive) gāng (hard) (drama) kān (to print) (sharp) (pear) qián (front) shī (lion)
Also uses bèi component: (toilet) guì (precious) pín (poor) shǎng (to hand down) tiē (to stick) yuán (person) zhēn (chaste)

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授人以鱼只解一时之急,授人以渔 则解一生之需 shòu rén yǐ yú zhǐ jiù yī shí zhī jí, shòu rén yǐ yú zé jiě yī shēng zhī xū It is important to learn a skill that will last for life
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学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆 xué ér bù sī zé wǎng, sī ér bù xué zé dài Studying hard is important and gives rewards
欲速则不达 yù sù zé bù dá More interest in working fast than working effectively. Too much interest in the short term rather than the overall strategy
兼听则明,偏信则暗 jiān tīng zé míng piān xìn zé àn Take advice from all quarters not just a few people. Wise Emperors of China read the reports (memorials) from many senior officials before making policy decisions.
染于苍则 染于黄则黄 rǎn yú cāng zé cāng rǎn yú huáng zé huáng People behave differently according to circumstance. Taking on local conventions and customs.