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beautiful life
美麗人生
beautiful life
Life is Beautiful.

a dream comes true
美夢成真
a dream comes true
realize a beautiful dream

leave the matter as it is
聽其自然
leave the matter as it is
take the world as it is
let nature take its own course

practical and realistic
腳踏實地
stand on solid ground
down-to-earth
practical and realistic
steady and serious character
realistic without flights of fancy

bold and cautious, brave but not reckless
膽大心細
bold and cautious
courageous and wise
brave but not reckless

crouching tiger and hidden dragon
臥虎藏龍
crouching tiger and hidden dragon
full of all kinds of hidden talents

leisurely and carefree, free and unrestrained
自由自在
free and easy
take one's ease
leisurely and carefree
free and unrestrained

stand aloof from worldly success
與世無爭
strove with none
stand aloof from worldly success
hold oneself aloof from the world
harmony with the rest of the world

Like No Other, unique an distinctive
與眾不同
Like No Other
out of the ordinary
unique an distinctive
stand out from the masses
different from other people

benevolent toward others, doing for the good of others
與人為善
benevolent toward others
aim at helping others
doing for the good of others
good intentions toward others

to be with you
與你同在
to be with you
be on your side
succeed with you
make it with you

remain faithful until death
至死不渝
remain faithful until death
will never change until death

past indelible love, unforgettable old love
舊情綿綿
past indelible love
unforgettable old love
bygone love is everlasting

Everything visible is empty Buddhist concept
色即是空
Everything visible is empty.
(Buddhist concept)
The reality is nonexistence, and nonexistence is the reality.

be neither friendly nor aloof
若即若離
be neither friendly nor aloof
hold a tentative relationship
keep a tenuous connection with
maintain a lukewarm relationship
keep somebody at arm's length

After suffering comes happiness
苦盡甘來
After suffering comes happiness.
Sweet are the fruits of labor.
Luck turns after hardship.
Sweet are the uses of adversity.
When bitterness is finished, sweetness begins.

heroes, doughty warriors, good brave fellows
英雄好漢
heroes
doughty warriors
good brave fellows

heroic nature, true color of a hero
英雄本色
heroic nature
true color of a hero
real quality of a hero

outstanding figures, heroes of the achievements
英雄豪傑
outstanding figures
heroes of the achievements

enigmatic, too profound to be understood
莫測高深
enigmatic
inscrutable
unfathomable
unpredictable
too profound to be understood
difficult to interpret or understand
impossible to understand or interpret

Good luck in everything
萬事如意
Good luck in everything.
May all go well with you.
Everything is as one wishes.
May everything go as you hope.

Everything reverts to its original sources
葉落歸根
Falling leaves settle on their roots.
Everything reverts to its original sources.
(Chinese proverb) When a person residing elsewhere
and getting old, he thinks of going back home -
to end one's days on one's native soil.

peerless hero, greatest hero in the world
蓋世英雄
peerless hero
hero of the age
greatest hero in the world

unflustered under pressure, keep calm in an emergency
處變不驚
unflustered under pressure
keep calm in an emergency
composed mind while facing disasters

do boldly what is righteous, act bravely for a just cause
見義勇為
do boldly what is righteous
act bravely for a just cause
rise gallantly to the occasion
have the courage to do what is right regardless the consequences

Lucky for everything, Good luck in everything
諸事大吉
Lucky for everything.
Good luck in everything.

Blood is thicker than water
血濃於水
Blood is thicker than water.

obsessed with something
走火入魔
obsessed with something
something takes one over
possessed by the Devil
qigong deviation

prosecute to the end, go through a task to the end
貫徹始終
prosecute to the end
carry through to the end
go through a task to the end
stick to a task to the bitter end

have what one wishes
趁心如意
have what one wishes
getting what one wants
gratifying and satisfactory
everything one could wish
give one the utmost satisfaction
just in accordance with one's wish

become better and better
越來越好
getting better with time
become better and better

Love you more and more with time
越來越愛你
More in love with you
Love you more and more with time.

Approaching lucks and evading evils
趨吉避凶
Approaching lucks and evading evils.
Pursue good fortune and avoid disaster.

eager to try
躍躍欲試
eager to try
itch for a try
restless to try
impatient to have a try
anxious to try one's chance

act personally
身體力行
act personally
practice what one preaches
carry out by actual efforts
do something persistently without letup
set an example by taking part personally

veteran in battle, experienced many battles
身經百戰
veteran in battle
battle seasoned
experienced many battles
fought a hundred battles
gone through numerous battles

face the challenge
迎向挑戰
meet a challenge
face the challenge

rejuvenescence, juvenescence
返老還童
rejuvenescence
juvenescence
renew one's youth
become young again
recover one's youthful vigor
return to boyhood from old age
act like a child when one gets old

reversal victory, shift defeat into victory
逆轉勝
reversal victory
turn the tables
shift defeat into victory
snatch victory from defeat
seize a victory out of defeat

change danger into safety
逢凶化吉
safely out of danger
change danger into safety
misfortune turns to blessing
shift calamities into blessings
turn bad luck into good fortune

Time passes like flowing water
逝水年華
Time passes like flowing water.
Passing glory like flowing water.

Treat life as merely playing games
遊戲人間
Treat life as merely playing games.
Keep a playful attitude towards life.
Play through life like a descended celestial being.

travel around the world
遨遊天下
travel around the world
roam all over the world

the fittest survives
適者生存
the fittest survives
survival of the fittest

legacy of love from one who passed away
遺愛人間
legacy of love from one who passed away.
leave the goodness to the world after one’s death.

relive an old dream, reproduce the good old days
重溫舊夢
relive an old dream
revisit the old dream
renew one's old dream
reproduce the good old days
rekindle the old flame of love

immortality, living forever
長生不老
immortality
living forever
forever-young
enjoy a long, long life without getting old

Evil can never prevail over good
邪不勝正
Evil can never prevail over good.
Heresy cannot overthrow the truth.
Good will always prevail over evil.
Upright need not fear the crooked.
Virtuous shall eventually vanquish the evil.

to blossom and bear fruit
開花結果
to blossom and bear fruit
to flower and bear fruit
to yield positive results

Auspicious beginning of a new business
開張大吉
Auspicious beginning of a new business.
Great prosperity attend the grand opening.

peacefully and leisurely, easy and interesting life
閒情逸致
peacefully and leisurely
leisurely and carefree mood
easy and interesting life
pleasures of a leisurely life

Safe and sound for whole family
闔家平安
Safe and sound for whole family.
Best wishes to your family.

carve a niche for oneself
闖天下
carve a niche for oneself
adventure around the world
start an undertaking successfully

key moment, critical moment
關鍵時刻
key moment
critical moment

key person, pivotal figure
關鍵人物
linchpin
key person
pivotal figure

as one pleases, follow one's inclinations
隨心所欲
as one pleases
have one's own way
follow one's inclinations
do anything one's heart dictates

reconcile oneself to any situation
隨遇而安
go with the flow
reconcile oneself to any situation
at ease with one's current situation
feel at ease under all circumstances
be relaxed and accept a situation,
rather than trying to alter or control it.

Still waters run deep
靜水流深
Still waters run deep.
Smooth water runs deep.

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