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The name Life is Short in Chinese / Japanese...

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Life is Short

A 100-year-old is but a traveler passing through this life

 bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
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百歲光陰如過客 directly translates as: [Even a] hundred-year-old [person] is [just a] traveler passing by.

The simple message is, “Human life is short.” Of course, there is an unspoken suggestion that you should make the best of your time here on earth.

Life is Short

 jinsei ha mijikai
Life is Short Scroll

人生は短い is “life is short” in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e., conception to death); human life, living, lifetime.
は (ha/wa) particle (means “is” in this case).
短い (mijikai) short.

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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 kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi

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Time and Tide Wait for No Man
(expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short



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duì jiǔ dāng gē
    dui4 jiu3 dang1 ge1
tui chiu tang ko
lit. sing to accompany wine (idiom); fig. life is short, make merry while you can


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 jinseiwazukagojuunen / jinsewazukagojunen
(expression) (proverb) life is short; life is just fifty years


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 kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi
(expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short



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rén shēng duǎn zàn , xué shù wú yá
    ren2 sheng1 duan3 zan4 , xue2 shu4 wu2 ya2
jen sheng tuan tsan , hsüeh shu wu ya
Life is short, learning is limitless; Ars longa, vita brevis


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 geijutsuhanagakujinseihamijikashi / gejutsuhanagakujinsehamijikashi
(expression) (proverb) art is long, life is short; ars longa, vita brevis



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wú shēng yě yǒu yá , ér zhī yě wú yá
    wu2 sheng1 ye3 you3 ya2 , er2 zhi1 ye3 wu2 ya2
wu sheng yeh yu ya , erh chih yeh wu ya
Life is short, learning is limitless; Ars longa, vita brevis


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 kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi
(expression) (proverb) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Life is Short百歲光陰如過客
bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
bai3 sui4 guang1 yin1 ru2 guo4 ke4
bai sui guang yin ru guo ke
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo k`o
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo ko
Life is Short人生は短いjinsei ha mijikai
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.


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