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trial and error
嘗試錯誤
trial and error

void of vanities, sensuous world is illusory
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

Repentance is salvation, never too late to mend
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)

dreams come true, realize a dream
夢想成真
dreams come true
realize a dream

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

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

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

a perfect couple, 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

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

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

godsend opportunity, heaven-sent chance
天賜良機
godsend opportunity
heaven-sent chance

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

solemn pledge of love
山盟海誓
solemn pledge of love

Always in My Heart
常存我心
Always in My Heart

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

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

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

follow good advice readily, willingly follow what is right
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)

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

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

satisfied heartily, contented wholeheartedly
心滿意足
satisfied heartily
contented wholeheartedly

contribute to peace of mind and inner tranquility
怡情養性
contribute to peace of mind and inner tranquility

loving couple, devoted couple
恩愛夫妻
loving couple
devoted couple
affectionate couple

Love is as deep as the sea
情深似海
Love is as deep as the sea.

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

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

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

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

Know Yourself
懂你自己
Know Yourself

commandment, meditation, wisdom Threefold Training in Buddhism
戒定慧
commandment, meditation, wisdom
Threefold Training in Buddhism

carpe diem, seize the day
把握今日
carpe diem
seize the day

overcome all difficulties
排除萬難
overcome all difficulties

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

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

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

take responsibility for what one has done, dare to act and dare to bear responsibility
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

love grows over time
日久生情
love grows over time
familiarity breeds fondness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

glory and wealth, high position and great wealth
榮華富貴
glory and wealth
high position and great wealth

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

optimistic and enterprising, diligence and optimistic enterprising
樂觀進取
optimistic and enterprising
diligence and optimistic enterprising

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

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