What is an idiom/phrase/saying that describes aiming for high achievement or success but not forgetting one's roots?

Something like 展翅高飞 and 饮水思源 combined

  • Why not use both together? Why does there have to be an idiom that combines both?
    – Krazer
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 4:31
  • Do you mean something like a job promotion?
    – Henry HO
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 6:27
  • I'd say even for native speakers looking for the right idiom with a rough explanation could be hard. For now I can only think about 志存高远/志向远大 for aiming high and 不忘初衷/不忘初心/不忘本 for not forgetting one's roots. Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 11:02
  • What makes you believe such phrase exists? Did you encounter one? The context could be very helpful.
    – NS.X.
    Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 19:20

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心存高远意守平常好听点,I don't know why I have to type at least 30 letters.

  • 心存高远,意守平常 is good, but maybe you could explain the components for OP.
    – Mou某
    Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 13:42
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    The latter part is a little different form what OP wants.
    – user4072
    Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 13:58
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    in classical Chinese poetry, carefully balanced words sounds more skillful and comfortable, so 心 to 意 as a noun, 存to 守 as a verb, 高远 to 平常 as a adj., verbal parallelism will show a kind of beauty of harmony.
    –  april2013
    Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 14:15

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