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Chinese Proverbs Collection

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唯強者適存
Only the Strong Survives

嘗試錯誤
trial and error

四大皆空
void of vanities
sensuous world is illusory
all space-directions are void
all physical existence is vanity
indifferent to all worldly temptations

回頭是岸
Repentance is salvation.
repent and be saved
never too late to mend
turn back and you are ashore
(from a sea of sorrow)

夢想成真
dreams come true
realize a dream

大吉大利
most favorable auspices
great fortune and great profit
unexcelled luck and great prosperity
Lucky and Prosperous New Year

天下無敵
invincible throughout the world
matchless throughout the world
too powerful to be defeated or overcome

天作之合
a heaven-made match
a match blessed by God
a match made in heaven

天生一對
a perfect couple
a doomed couple
born of a couple
meant for each other
match made in heaven

天長地久
lovers forever
everlasting and unchanging
enduring as the universe

始終如一
always the same
love with one heart
one heart throughout
remained the same all along
consistent from beginning to end

天賜良機
godsend opportunity
heaven-sent chance

學無止境
Knowledge is infinite.
There is no limit to knowledge.

山盟海誓
solemn pledge of love

常存我心
Always in My Heart

形影不離
inseparable
always together
follow like a shadow
inseparable as form and shadow
accompany each other all the time

後會有期
See you again.
Be seeing you.
We'll meet again some day.

己所不欲 勿施於人
treat people with empathy
Threat others as you would like to be treated.
Do unto others as you would have them do undo you.
(literally translated motto from Confucius)

後來居上
catch up from behind
latecomers surpass the early starters

從善如流
follow good advice readily
willingly follow what is right
forge ahead in doing what is right
(like water following its downward course)

心心相印
heart to heart harmoniously
have mutual affinity each other
mutual understanding and attraction
complete meeting of minds between two people

心想事成
all the wishes come true
all dreams become realized

心滿意足
satisfied heartily
contented wholeheartedly

怡情養性
contribute to peace of mind and inner tranquility

恩愛夫妻
loving couple
devoted couple
affectionate couple

情深似海
Love is as deep as the sea.

恭賀新禧
Happy New Year.
Best wishes for a happy new year.
(greeting for Chinese New Year)

恭喜發財
may you be happy and prosperous
Congratulations and make a fortune
(greeting for Chinese New Year)

愈戰愈勇
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

意氣風發
triumphant
high-spirited
in high spirits
daring and energetic
ambition and energy

懂你自己
Know Yourself

戒定慧
commandment, meditation, wisdom
Threefold Training in Buddhism

愛征服一切
Love Conquers All.

把握今日
carpe diem
seize the day

排除萬難
overcome all difficulties

招財進寶
Bring in wealth and riches
Ushering in wealth and prosperity
We wish you wealth and success!

操之在我
all by myself
hold my own
it’s upon to myself

擇善固執
insist on the righteous cause
choose what is good and hold fast to it

敢做敢當
take responsibility for what one has done
dare to act and dare to bear responsibility
have the courage to take the blame for what one does
bold enough to do something and accept responsibility for it
daring to act and courageous enough to take responsibility for it

既來之 則安之
Since you are here you'd better relax.
Since we have come, let us stay and enjoy it.
Since we are here, we may as well stay and make the best of it.

日久生情
love grows over time
familiarity breeds fondness

日久見人心
Time reveals a person's heart.
It takes time to know a person.

明心見性
find one's true self
enlighten of Zen
understand the mind and see the disposition thoroughly

星火燎原
A spark causes a prairie fire.
A single spark can start a prairie fire.
A little spark can cause conflagration.

是可忍 孰不可忍
come to the end of one's patience
cannot stand provocation any longer
driven beyond the limits of forbearance
If this can be endured, what else cannot!

春風得意
flushed with success
proud of one's success
ride on the crest of success

智勇雙全
intelligent and brave
brave and sagacious
wisdom and bravery
resourcefulness with boldness
combining the qualities of intelligence and bravery

晝伏夜出
nocturnal
hide by day, appear by night
hide by day and come out at night

柔能克剛
Softness can overcome the hardest.
Soft and subtle approach can disarm a man of hot temper.

有教無類
indiscriminate education
provide education for all people without discrimination

有始有終
persevering all the way
carry out an undertaking from start to finish not to give up halfway

有其父必有其子
Like father, like son.

有緣千里來相會
Fate brings people together thousand miles apart.

有福同享 有難同當
go through thick and thin together
share bliss and misfortune together
share happiness and suffering together

榮華富貴
glory and wealth
high position and great wealth

樂善好施
happy in doing good for charity
willing to do good and give alms

樂觀進取
optimistic and enterprising
diligence and optimistic enterprising

樂在其中
find pleasure in it
enjoying the moment
take pleasure in something

正大光明
fair and frank
open and aboveboard
just and honorable
just and pure of mind

正人君子
man of honor
decent gentleman

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