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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).
矢 = Arrow
の = are
如し = Alike
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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."
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||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Time is Gold||一刻千金||ikko ku sen kin|
iko ku sen kin
|yī kè qiān jīn|
yi1 ke4 qian1 jin1
yi ke qian jin
|i k`o ch`ien chin
i ko chien chin
|Time is as Precious as Gold||惜時如金|
|xí shí rú jīn|
xi2 shi2 ru2 jin1
xi shi ru jin
|hsi shih ju chin
|Time is Money||時は金なり||toki wa kane nari|
|Time Waits For No One||歳月人を待たず||sai getsu hito o ma ta zu|
|Time and Tide Wait for No Man||光陰矢の如し|
|kouinya no goto shi|
koinya no goto shi
|Time is more valuable than Jade||不貴尺之壁而重寸之陰|
|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|
|suì bù wǒ yǔ|
sui4 bu4 wo3 yu3
sui bu wo yu
|sui pu wo yü
|A Moment of Time|
is as Precious as Gold
|Do not take action until the time is right||不到火候不揭鍋|
|bù dào huǒ hou bù jiē guō|
bu4 dao4 huo3 hou bu4 jie1 guo1
bu dao huo hou bu jie guo
|pu tao huo hou pu chieh kuo
|Each Time You Stumble and Fall, You Gain Experience and Wisdom||吃一塹長一智|
|chī yí qiàn, zhǎng yí zhì|
chi1 yi2 qian4 zhang3 yi2 zhi4
chi yi qian zhang yi zhi
|ch`ih i ch`ien chang i chih
chih i chien chang i chih
|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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