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一往情深
devoted for love
falling deeply in love
passionately devoted
love someone all the way

一路順風
Bon Voyage
Have a Nice Trip.
Have a Pleasant Journey!

三思而行
think thrice before you act
look before you leap
examine oneself before action

三生有幸
So nice to meet you!
It's the most fortunate thing to meet with you.

不念舊惡
forgive and forget
not bear old grudges
let bygones be bygones

不離不棄
never leave or betray
always be at your side

不虛此行
a memorable trip
It's been a worthwhile trip.
The trip is not a waste of time.
The trip has been well worthwhile.
The journey has not been made in vain.

世界和平
World Peace

乃父之風
like father like son
as the father’s merit
like father’s vigor of style
like the style of the father

乘勝追擊
continue the triumphant pursuit
continue one's victorious pursuit
follow up a victory with hot pursuit
exploit the victories by hot pursuit

九死一生
close shave
grave danger
narrow escape from death
survival after many hazards

九命怪貓
cat with nine lives
a die-hard person
a person who survived all the time

亂中有序
chaotic orderly
ordered chaos
organized mess
order within chaos
order within disorder

事在人為
Human effort is the decisive factor.
Human effort can achieve anything.
It all depends on human effort.

事半功倍
yield twice the result with half the effort
halves the effort and doubles the effect
saves effort and leads to better results

互助合作
mutual cooperation
mutual assistance and cooperation
helping each other to achieve a goal

人生如夢
Life is like a dream.

人生如戲
life is a theater
Life is like a drama.

人生無常
Life is impermanence.
impermanence of life

今生今世
this lifetime
this present life
this present life for eternal love

以德報怨
return good for evil
render good for evil
repay evil with kindness
heap coals of fire on one's head

以毒攻毒
fight evil with evil
cure ills with poison
use poison to counteract poison
use poison as an antidote for poison

以寡敵眾
fight against heavy odds
pit the few against the many
fight a numerically superior enemy

以身相許
devote one's life to
give one's heart to
a woman willing to marry a good man

以身作則
live what one teaches
practice what one preaches
lead by personal example
teach by personal example
make oneself good examples
set a good example with one's own conduct

以柔克剛
use softness to conquer toughness
conquering the unyielding with the yielding

任重道遠
a heavy load and a long road
the burden is heavy and the road is long
take a heavy burden and embark on a long road
bear heavy responsibilities through a long struggle

你儂我儂
you and I in deep love
a lovey-dovey couple

似曾相識
deja vu
seemingly familiar
Somewhere in Time
seem to have met before
apparently already acquainted

佳偶天成
God's lovers
an ideal couple
a wonderful match
lovers matched by God

先見之明
foresight
show foresight
far-seeing wisdom
ability to foresee
prophetic intelligence

光明正大
just and honorable
frank and righteous
open and aboveboard
upright and open-minded
aboveboard and straightforward

克服逆境
overcome adversity
get over hardships
surmount obstacles

全心全意
wholeheartedly
heart and soul
bestow all one's heart
devoted wholeheartedly
exert one's heart and soul into

兩情相悅
mutual sentiments
consensually fond of
resonance between two lovers
sentiments between two lovers
deeply attached to each other

兩全其美
a win-win solution
achieve both goals
everybody is satisfied
the best of both worlds
complete in both respects
accommodate both demands

兵貴神速
Speed is precious in war.
speed is most valuable in military affairs
celerity is the most important matter in war
Mobility is the best tactics in fighting a war.

出奇制勝
win by surprise
defeat opponent by surprise move
seize victory through surprise attack
win victory through unexpected moves

凡事起頭難
Everything is difficult at the start.
No job is easy in the beginning.

出神入化
utmost perfection
extremely miraculous
acme of perfection
greatest creative skill
reach utmost perfection
superb artistic achievement

助人為樂
glad to help others
service begets happiness
pleasure from helping others
find delight in helping others
take pleasure in helping people
consider helping others as pleasure
Happiness lies in rendering help to others.

勇往直前
advance bravely
go straight ahead
march fearlessly onward
march forward courageously

勤能補拙
Diligence makes up for deficiency.
Diligence can compensate for lack of natural talent.

化敵為友
bury the hatchet
convert an enemy into a friend
end conflict and become friend
stop argument and become friend

十全十美
acme of perfection
well done to perfection
satisfactory and perfect
perfect in every respect

千錘百鍊
thoroughly tempered
steeled over and over again
tempering and steeling of life
severe training and hammering
after hard work and numerous revisions

千里姻緣一線牽
long distance destined marriage
thousands of miles marriage accompany
two beings destined to marry each other
a fate match across a thousand miles is drawn by a thread
people a thousand miles apart may be linked by marriage

千里之行始於足下
A thousand miles begins with a single step.

危機即轉機
Crisis is Opportunity.
A Crisis is a chance.
The crisis is the turning point.

卿卿我我
lovers' talk
bill and coo
whispers of love
very much in love
talk in a sentimental way
intimate relations between man and woman

及時行樂
make merry while one can
enjoy pleasure in good time

反敗為勝
turn defeat into victory
turn the tide of battle
snatch victory out of defeat
turning a position of disadvantage into advantage

受之無愧
deserve it worthily
rightfully earned
merited and deserved

吉祥如意
good fortune as one wishes
luckiness and happiness to you
fortunes and wishes come true

否極泰來
extreme sorrow turns to joy
Things at the worst will mend.
After extreme bad luck, comes good luck.
out of the depth of misfortune comes bliss
When misfortune reaches the limit, good fortune is at hand.

命中註定
predestined
fated to be so
decreed by fate
predestined fate

君子協定
gentleman's agreement

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