Virtue is one foot tall, the devil ten foot – 道高一尺,魔高一丈

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尺,魔
[尺,魔]
dào gāo yī chǐ , mó gāo yī zhàng
virtue is one foot tall, the devil ten foot
virtue rises one foot, vice rises ten
it takes constant vigilance to stave off evil


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[丈, 道]
mó gāo yī zhàng , dào gāo yī chǐ
mo2 gao1 yi1 zhang4, dao4 gao1 yi1 chi3
the devil is ten foot tall, virtue one foot
vice rises ten foot, virtue one foot
it takes constant vigilance to stave off evil


There are often variants of an idiom with just a slightly different order of phrases, but the same meaning. About this one I had the feeling that it results in a slight shift in emphasis.


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