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Some of my favourite Quotes

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3 min readMay 23, 2020

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党群关系就像鱼水关系,共产党是鱼,老百姓是水;水里可以没有鱼,鱼永远也离不开水。

The relationship between the masses and the guerrillas: the masses were likened to water and the guerrillas to the fishes who inhabit it. The cliched anti-guerrilla tactic of “draining the water so the fish can’t swim”.

~ 毛泽东, 1962

摸石头过河

Cross the river while feeling for stones under one’s feet.

~邓小平,1978

天时地利人和

~孟子

作战中,有利的时令和气候不如有利的地势,有利的地形不如得人心。

成功之路中,天时地利人和为三要素,它涵盖了成功之路的一切,天时是成功之路的伯乐、机遇;地利是成功之路的环境、条件人和是成功之路的综合实力(成功的关键)。

Success is the result of the synergy of these three factors.

人生并不是在兜圈子而是在走一条螺旋式的道路,即便好像是回到了原点但其实已经不再是同样一个高度了。

~市子,《小森林》

梅花香自苦寒来

The beautiful scent of flowers cannot come about without the endurement of harsh winters.

车到山前必有路,船到桥头自然直。

When we get to the mountains, there will be a way through. When the boat reaches the pier head, it will go straight with the current.

Everything will turn out for the best. Let’s worry about it when it happens. It will be alright in the end.

我们看海去! 我们看海去!

蓝色的大海上, 杨着白色的帆。

金红的太阳,从海上升起来,

照到海面,照到桥头。

我们看海去! 我们看海去!

~林海音, 《城南旧事》

百世修来同船渡,千载修得共枕眠

It takes hundreds of rebirths to bring two persons to ride in the same boat; it takes a thousand years to bring two persons to share the same pillow. This goes to show how precious yuan fen 缘分 is.

I am not sure who said this but I came across this quote in one of my classes and found it to be meaningful. In the past, when technology was still not advanced, people were not able to reach out or communicate with their friends and loved ones as easily as today. They had to rely on chance encounters or promises made between individuals to meet at an agreed time and place. Therefore, meeting friends and families can be seen to be a very precious and treasured thing. This explains why this quote came about in reminding individuals to cultivate good relationships with the people around them. It is because of the precious yuan fen that they are able to meet one another in a world of a billion souls and hence they should appreciate it.

树欲静而风不停,子欲养而亲不待

树想要静止,风却不停地刮动它的枝叶树是客观事物风是不停流逝的时间,比喻时间的流逝是不随个人意愿而停止的。多用于感叹人子希望尽孝双亲时,父母却已经亡故。
(From Baidu)

One of the greatest disappointments in life would be to miss the opportunity to be filial to one’s parent. This quote serves as a reminder to all children that the clock is ticking. As we get older, our parents become more and more frail. If we want to be filial, we should act soon, lest it becomes too late.

~《孔子家语卷二 ·致思第八》

东风夜放花千树,更吹落,星如雨。

宝马雕车香满路。

凤箫声动,玉壶光转,一夜鱼龙舞。

蛾儿雪柳黄金缕,笑语盈盈暗香去。

众里寻他千百度,蓦然回首,那人却在,灯火阑珊处

Searching and (not) finding. It seems there are many classical Chinese poems about searching for people but not finding them. Sometimes, individuals seem to be wandering aimlessly and not even knowing what they are looking for. I guess this is a common state of mind that I find myself to be in at times. It’s like the feeling of wanting to walk out of a maze but you find yourself being lost and not really clear which direction you are heading towards.

This is a famous lyric by a Southern Song Dynasty Poet and Military Leader Xin Qiji. Unlike most other poems, In this poem, the poet finds the lady in the midst of the crowd after searching for her hundreds and thousands of times. I like this poem for it’s beautiful description of the night of the Lantern festival. It sounds beautifully magical.

~辛弃疾,《青玉案 · 元夕》

日月不同光, 昼夜各有宜

尽管太阳和月亮在不同的时间发出不同的光辉,却都能对人类世界带来好处。

This could be used to describe the relationship between China and USA.

春有百花, 秋有月,夏有凉风, 冬有雪。

The beauty of the four seasons.

走过风,走过雨

轻轻的来又匆匆的走

呢喃着,低吟着

天高云谈一切远去吧

人生的真谛未必就是不断的成功。我们都只是在度过自己平凡而又普通的一生。那些后悔和遗憾也不必耿耿于怀。珍惜当下的每一天,做好自己故事里的主角吧。故事配老酒,明朝再聚首。生活是藏在电影的诗,故事是藏在诗中的风景,我在等诗也等你。

Rich dad used to say, “The key to becoming wealthy is the ability to convert earned income into passive income or portfolio income as quickly as possible.” He would say, “Taxes are highest on earned income. The least-taxed income is passive income. That is another reason why you want your money working hard for you. The government taxes the income you work hard for more than the income your money works hard for.” ~ Rich dad poor dad

我也忘了我应该快乐,无关别的人。

食得咸鱼抵得渴

咸鱼是一种又便宜又下饭的食物,然而吃咸鱼很容易让人感到口渴。

理想的人生,一定是靠拼来的

生活不止眼前的苟且,还有诗和远方的田野

不要只看到生活中的那些艰难和不如意,生活还要很多美好与温暖的事。眼前的一切终归会过去,未来还是有很多美好值得期待的,不要放弃对美好的期待。

不要因为别人提前交卷,自己就乱了节奏,于是乱写答案。每个人都只活一世,活在自己的时区里,守住底线,掌握节奏,才是对自己、对他人负责任。

Don’t hastily scribble your answers just because you see others submitting their examination scripts.

Be true to yourself. Do things at your own pace, in your own way. Don’t sacrifice quality for speed or for the sake of ticking checkboxes.

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