None are so lost as those who will not stop being lost

, Darryl


Literally: lost – person – non – ask

Alternately: “The (truly) lost are those who do not ask (the way).” An admonition to ask questions when there’s something you don’t understand. If you get lost – literally or figuratively – and don’t ask the way, you’re just going to go on being lost.

Notes: This phrase comes to us from the writings of Confucian philosopher Xunzi, aka Xun Kuang.


But until I knock to ask, how will I know where to knock to ask?

[Image by 川瀬巴水 (Hasui Kawase), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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