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  1. Time is Gold
  2. Time is as Precious as Gold
  3. Time is Money
  4. Time Waits For No One
  5. Time and Tide Wait for No Man
  6. Time is more valuable than Jade
  7. Time and Tide Wait for No Man
  8. A Moment of Time...
  9. Do not take action until the time is right
10. Each Time You Stumble and Fall,...


Time is Gold

China yī kè qiān jīn
Japan ikko ku sen kin
Time is Gold

This Chinese and Japanese proverb can be translated as, "time is gold," "every minute counts," "every moment is precious," "time is money," or "precious time."

Time is as Precious as Gold

China xí shí rú jīn
Time is as Precious as Gold

This proverb can be translated as "Cherish Time as if it was Gold," or "Time is as Valuable as Gold."

This basically suggests that time is gold, and you should value the time you have (and use it well).

Time is Money

Japan toki wa kane nari
Time is Money

時は金なり is the Japanese phrase meaning, "Time is Money." It matches the use and meaning of the same idiom as used in English.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Time Waits For No One

Japan sai getsu hito o ma ta zu
Time Waits For No One

This Japanese idiom "Saigetsu hito o matazu" which means, "Time waits for no-one."

Another way to put it, "Time and tide stay for no man."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Time and Tide Wait for No Man

Japan kouinya no goto shi
Time and Tide Wait for No Man

This Japanese proverb means, "time flies like an arrow." It's very similar to the English idiom, "time and tide wait for no man," or "life is short."

The Kanji breakdown:
光陰 = Time (the cycle of light and dark).
[and an]
矢 = Arrow
の = are
如し = Alike


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Time is more valuable than Jade

China bù guì chǐ zhī bì ér zhòng cùn zhī yīn
Time is more valuable than Jade

This literally translates as: Treasure not a foot long [piece of] jade, [rather] treasure an inch of time.

Figuratively, this suggests that time is the most important/valuable thing in life.

Time and Tide Wait for No Man

China suì bù wǒ yǔ
Time and Tide Wait for No Man

This Chinese proverb means is a way to express, "Time and tide wait for no man."

The literal meaning of these Chinese characters is, "Years don't [for] oneself wait." In more natural English, it's more like, "Years will pass by, with or without you."

There is also an alternate version, 时不我待, which literally means, "Time doesn't [for] oneself, wait." In natural English, it's more like, "Time waits for no man."

A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold

Japan shunshouikkoku
A Moment of Time / is as Precious as Gold

This Japanese proverb means, "A moment of time in a spring evening (is worth a thousand pieces of gold)".

Do not take action until the time is right

China bù dào huǒ hou bù jiē guō
Do not take action until the time is right

This literally translates as: Don't take the lid off the pot until the food is done.

Figuratively, this means: Don't take action until the time is right.

You can take this as a call to be patient, or picking just the right time to do something (not too early, not too late).

Each Time You Stumble and Fall,
You Gain Experience and Wisdom

China chī yí qiàn, zhǎng yí zhì
Each Time You Stumble and Fall, / You Gain Experience and Wisdom

This Chinese proverb means:

"Fall into a moat and you will gain wisdom from the experience"

It really suggests that the failures, troubles, frustrations, and setbacks that you encounter in your life are actually helping you to find wisdom. Some would also translate this proverb as:

"Learn from your mistakes" or "Learn from your experience."

If you are studying Chinese, you will recognize the first character as "eat" but in this case, it means to "experience" (as used in this proverb, it is suggesting that you have fallen into a moat and/or had a hard time crossing it).
Literally translated character by character, this whole proverb is:

"Experience one moat, gain one wisdom/knowledge."

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used phrase.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Time is Gold一刻千金ikko ku sen kin
ikkokusenkin
iko ku sen kin
ikokusenkin
yī kè qiān jīn
yi1 ke4 qian1 jin1
yi ke qian jin
yikeqianjin
i k`o ch`ien chin
ikochienchin
i ko chien chin
Time is as Precious as Gold惜時如金
惜时如金
xí shí rú jīn
xi2 shi2 ru2 jin1
xi shi ru jin
xishirujin
hsi shih ju chin
hsishihjuchin
Time is Money時は金なりtoki wa kane nari
tokiwakanenari
Time Waits For No One歳月人を待たずsai getsu hito o ma ta zu
saigetsuhitoomatazu
Time and Tide Wait for No Man光陰矢の如し
光阴矢の如し
kouinya no goto shi
kouinyanogotoshi
koinya no goto shi
koinyanogotoshi
Time is more valuable than Jade不貴尺之壁而重寸之陰
不贵尺之壁而重寸之阴
bù guì chǐ zhī bì ér zhòng cùn zhī yīn
bu4 gui4 chi3 zhi1 bi4 er2 zhong4 cun4 zhi1 yin1
bu gui chi zhi bi er zhong cun zhi yin
pu kuei ch`ih chih pi erh chung ts`un chih yin
pu kuei chih chih pi erh chung tsun chih yin
Time and Tide Wait for No Man歲不我與
岁不我与
suì bù wǒ yǔ
sui4 bu4 wo3 yu3
sui bu wo yu
suibuwoyu
sui pu wo yü
suipuwoyü
A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold
春宵一刻shunshouikkoku
shunshoikoku
Do not take action until the time is right不到火候不揭鍋
不到火候不揭锅
bù dào huǒ hou bù jiē guō
bu4 dao4 huo3 hou bu4 jie1 guo1
bu dao huo hou bu jie guo
budaohuohoubujieguo
pu tao huo hou pu chieh kuo
putaohuohoupuchiehkuo
Each Time You Stumble and Fall, You Gain Experience and Wisdom吃一塹長一智
吃一堑长一智
chī yí qiàn, zhǎng yí zhì
chi1 yi2 qian4 zhang3 yi2 zhi4
chi yi qian zhang yi zhi
chiyiqianzhangyizhi
ch`ih i ch`ien chang i chih
chihichienchangichih
chih i chien chang i chih
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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