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水に流す is a Japanese proverb which suggests that "water continues to flow".
It's similar to our English phrase, "Water under the bridge". The perceived meaning is, "Forgive and forget".
I have also seen this translated as, "Don't cry over spilled milk".
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
This Chinese proverb can be translated as, "Do not recall old grievances", or more simply as, "Forgive and forget".
The character breakdown:
不 (bù) not; no; don't.
念 (niàn) read aloud.
舊 (jiù) old; former.
惡 (è) wicked deeds; grievances; sins.
This proverb comes from the Analects of Confucius.
This Chinese proverb means, "to overlook past faults", or "forgive and forget".
It's more literally, "Abridge or make small the scars from your past emotions". Basically, you should let it go.
The character breakdown:
略 (lüè) abbreviation; omission; abridge.
跡 (jī) ruins; scar; traces.
原 (yuán) former.
情 (qíng) feeling; emotion.
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|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Forgive and Forget||水に流す||mizu ni naga su|
|Forgive and Forget||不念舊惡|
|bú niàn jiù è|
bu2 nian4 jiu4 e4
bu nian jiu e
|pu nien chiu o
|Forgive and Forget||略跡原情|
|lüè jì yuán qíng|
lve4 ji4 yuan2 qing2
lve ji yuan qing
|chi yüan ch`ing
chi yüan ching
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your forgive and forget search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| bù niàn jiù è / bu4 nian4 jiu4 e4
pu nien chiu o
do not recall old grievances (idiom, from Analects); forgive and forget
|mizuninagasu / みずにながす||
(exp,v5s) to forgive and forget; to let bygones be bygones; to sweep under the carpet; to wipe the slate clean
| lüè jì yuán qíng / lu:e4 ji4 yuan2 qing2
lu:e chi yüan ch`ing / lu:e chi yüan ching
to overlook past faults (idiom); to forgive and forget
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