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be cruel to be kind

to do or say something that causes someone pain because you believe that it will help them
Translations of “be cruel to be kind”
in Chinese (Traditional) 雖讓人痛苦卻有所助益, 忠言逆耳, 苦口良藥…
in Chinese (Simplified) 虽让人痛苦却有所帮助, 忠言逆耳, 良药苦口…
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