Meaning of 鉴往知来

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jiàn wǎng zhī lái (Trad.: 鑒往知來)
to observe the past to foresee the future (idiom, taken loosely from Book of Songs); studying ancient wisdom gives insight into what is to come
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Antonyms: 鼠目寸光
Example Sentences
Learning history is helpful in that we can review the past and predict the future.
Confucius once said, "Study the past if you would define the future. " Ever since my return from China this has been the axiom of my life.