Chinese quote 逆水行舟,不进则退 meaning

Quote:

逆水行舟,不进则退

Chinese translation:

When you are sailing against the current,you’ll either go ahead or keep falling.

Who said it / Author:

梁启超 / Chinse Scholar Liang Qichao

Meaning:

The Chinese Scholar Liang Qichao believes that learning is like paddling a boat against the current, one either keeps moving forward by constantly paddling or the current will push the boat backward. This quote advises people to constantly study hard and learn new knowledge so that one does not fall behind. Liang believes that one can either move forward or backward when it comes to learning. So if one does not learn anything new on any given day, one is moving backward.

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