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Life is Short

jinsei ha mijikai
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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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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 the time you have here on earth.




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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
Life is Short人生は短いjinsei ha mijikai
jinseihamijikai
Life is Short百歲光陰如過客
百岁光阴如过客
bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
bai3 sui4 guang1 yin1 ru2 guo4 ke4
bai sui guang yin ru guo ke
baisuiguangyinruguoke
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo k`o
paisuikuangyinjukuoko
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo ko
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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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

光陰矢の如し

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 kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi
    こういんやのごとし
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(expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

對酒當歌


对酒当歌

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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

人生僅か五十年

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 jinseiwazukagojuunen / jinsewazukagojunen
    じんせいわずかごじゅうねん
(expression) (proverb) life is short; life is just fifty years

光陰矢のごとし

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 kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi
    こういんやのごとし
(expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

人生短暫,學術無涯


人生短暂,学术无涯

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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

芸術は長く人生は短し

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 geijutsuhanagakujinseihamijikashi / gejutsuhanagakujinsehamijikashi
    げいじゅつはながくじんせいはみじかし
(expression) (proverb) art is long, life is short; ars longa, vita brevis

吾生也有涯,而知也無涯


吾生也有涯,而知也无涯

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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

Variations:
光陰矢のごとし
光陰矢の如し

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 kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi
    こういんやのごとし
(expression) (proverb) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

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