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一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井绳

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What life means to us is determined, not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.
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一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井繩

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Etymology

Literally: Bitten by a snake on one morning, afraid of the rope by the well for ten years.

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一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井绳 (simplified, Pinyin yī zhāo bèi shé yǎo, shí nián pà jǐng shéng, traditional 一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井繩)

  1. Once bitten, twice shy.

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