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冬 is the word/character used to describe the Winter season in Chinese and Japanese.
It also means winter in Korean Hanja, though a second character is usually added in Korean.
This literally translates as: Without having experienced the cold of winter, one cannot appreciate the warmth of spring.
Figuratively, this means: One cannot truly appreciate happiness without having gone through hardship.
There are many contrasts in life. One simply cannot fully know what joy is without having experienced misery, difficulty, and pain. How could you explain "light" if you did not have "darkness" to compare it to?
Embrace hardship, as it makes the good times seem even better.
春夏秋冬 is one way to express "The Four Seasons " or "All Year Round ".
The characters here represent Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall) and Winter.
This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [One who has] not been a monk [does] not know [the feeling of a] cold head.
I need to explain that a Chinese Buddhist monk always has a shaved head, and thus a cold head in winter.
Figuratively, this means: One cannot know the true meaning of hardship until one has experienced it oneself.
This is an idiom in Chinese, so the figurative meaning is what people perceive when they hear or read this phrase. Just as in English, when someone says, "The grass is always greener," one will think about the idea of jealousy, rather than the quality of one’s lawn.
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|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Winter Season||冬||fuyu||dōng / dong1 / dong||tung|
|You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime||不經冬寒不知春暖|
|bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn|
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
|pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan
|秋||aki||qiū / qiu1 / qiu||ch`iu / chiu|
|The Four Seasons||春夏秋冬||shunkashuutou|
|chūn xià qiū dōng|
chun1 xia4 qiu1 dong1
chun xia qiu dong
|ch`un hsia ch`iu tung
chun hsia chiu tung
|píng guǒ / ping2 guo3 / ping guo / pingguo||p`ing kuo / pingkuo / ping kuo|
|To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It||不當和尚不知頭冷|
|bù dāng hé shàng bù zhī tóu lěng|
bu4 dang1 he2 shang4 bu4 zhi1 tou2 leng3
bu dang he shang bu zhi tou leng
|pu tang ho shang pu chih t`ou leng
pu tang ho shang pu chih tou leng
|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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