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置之死地而後生
Find a way out of an impasse.
fight desperately when confronting mortal danger
place somebody on field of death and he will fight to live
(based on Sunzi's Art of War)

美麗人生
beautiful life
Life is Beautiful.

美夢成真
a dream comes true
realize a beautiful dream

聽其自然
leave the matter as it is
take the world as it is
let nature take its own course

腳踏實地
stand on solid ground
down-to-earth
practical and realistic
steady and serious character
realistic without flights of fancy

膽大心細
bold and cautious
courageous and wise
brave but not reckless

臥虎藏龍
crouching tiger and hidden dragon
full of all kinds of hidden talents

自由自在
free and easy
take one's ease
leisurely and carefree
free and unrestrained

與世無爭
strove with none
stand aloof from worldly success
hold oneself aloof from the world
harmony with the rest of the world

與眾不同
Like No Other
out of the ordinary
unique an distinctive
stand out from the masses
different from other people

與人為善
benevolent toward others
aim at helping others
doing for the good of others
good intentions toward others

與你同在
to be with you
be on your side
succeed with you
make it with you

至死不渝
remain faithful until death
will never change until death

舊情綿綿
past indelible love
unforgettable old love
bygone love is everlasting

色即是空
Everything visible is empty.
(Buddhist concept)
The reality is nonexistence, and nonexistence is the reality.

若即若離
be neither friendly nor aloof
hold a tentative relationship
keep a tenuous connection with
maintain a lukewarm relationship
keep somebody at arm's length

苦盡甘來
After suffering comes happiness.
Sweet are the fruits of labor.
Luck turns after hardship.
Sweet are the uses of adversity.
When bitterness is finished, sweetness begins.

英雄好漢
heroes
doughty warriors
good brave fellows

英雄本色
heroic nature
true color of a hero
real quality of a hero

英雄豪傑
outstanding figures
heroes of the achievements

英雄出少年
young heroes
heroes from youngsters

莫測高深
enigmatic
inscrutable
unfathomable
unpredictable
too profound to be understood
difficult to interpret or understand
impossible to understand or interpret

萬事如意
Good luck in everything.
May all go well with you.
Everything is as one wishes.
May everything go as you hope.

葉落歸根
Falling leaves settle on their roots.
Everything reverts to its original sources.
(Chinese proverb) When a person residing elsewhere
and getting old, he thinks of going back home -
to end one's days on one's native soil.

蓋世英雄
peerless hero
hero of the age
greatest hero in the world

處變不驚
unflustered under pressure
keep calm in an emergency
composed mind while facing disasters

見義勇為
do boldly what is righteous
act bravely for a just cause
rise gallantly to the occasion
have the courage to do what is right regardless the consequences

諸事大吉
Lucky for everything.
Good luck in everything.

血濃於水
Blood is thicker than water.

謙受益 滿招損
Modesty benefits, arrogance hurts.
The modest receive benefit, while the conceited reap failure.
Benefit goes to the humble, while failure awaits the arrogant.

走火入魔
obsessed with something
something takes one over
possessed by the Devil
qigong deviation

謠言止於智者
Rumors stopped by the wise.
Wise man believes no rumors.

貫徹始終
prosecute to the end
carry through to the end
go through a task to the end
stick to a task to the bitter end

趁心如意
have what one wishes
getting what one wants
gratifying and satisfactory
everything one could wish
give one the utmost satisfaction
just in accordance with one's wish

越來越好
getting better with time
become better and better

越來越愛你
More in love with you
Love you more and more with time.

趨吉避凶
Approaching lucks and evading evils.
Pursue good fortune and avoid disaster.

躍躍欲試
eager to try
itch for a try
restless to try
impatient to have a try
anxious to try one's chance

身體力行
act personally
practice what one preaches
carry out by actual efforts
do something persistently without letup
set an example by taking part personally

身經百戰
veteran in battle
battle seasoned
experienced many battles
fought a hundred battles
gone through numerous battles

迎向挑戰
meet a challenge
face the challenge

返老還童
rejuvenescence
juvenescence
renew one's youth
become young again
recover one's youthful vigor
return to boyhood from old age
act like a child when one gets old

逆轉勝
reversal victory
turn the tables
shift defeat into victory
snatch victory from defeat
seize a victory out of defeat

逢凶化吉
safely out of danger
change danger into safety
misfortune turns to blessing
shift calamities into blessings
turn bad luck into good fortune

逝水年華
Time passes like flowing water.
Passing glory like flowing water.

遊戲人間
Treat life as merely playing games.
Keep a playful attitude towards life.
Play through life like a descended celestial being.

遨遊天下
travel around the world
roam all over the world

適者生存
the fittest survives
survival of the fittest

遺愛人間
legacy of love from one who passed away.
leave the goodness to the world after one’s death.

重溫舊夢
relive an old dream
revisit the old dream
renew one's old dream
reproduce the good old days
rekindle the old flame of love

長生不老
immortality
living forever
forever-young
enjoy a long, long life without getting old

邪不勝正
Evil can never prevail over good.
Heresy cannot overthrow the truth.
Good will always prevail over evil.
Upright need not fear the crooked.
Virtuous shall eventually vanquish the evil.

開花結果
to blossom and bear fruit
to flower and bear fruit
to yield positive results

開張大吉
Auspicious beginning of a new business.
Great prosperity attend the grand opening.

閒情逸致
peacefully and leisurely
leisurely and carefree mood
easy and interesting life
pleasures of a leisurely life

闔家平安
Safe and sound for whole family.
Best wishes to your family.

闖天下
carve a niche for oneself
adventure around the world
start an undertaking successfully

關鍵時刻
key moment
critical moment

關鍵人物
linchpin
key person
pivotal figure

隨心所欲
as one pleases
have one's own way
follow one's inclinations
do anything one's heart dictates

隨遇而安
go with the flow
reconcile oneself to any situation
at ease with one's current situation
feel at ease under all circumstances
be relaxed and accept a situation,
rather than trying to alter or control it.

靜水流深
Still waters run deep.
Smooth water runs deep.

集思廣益
brainstorming
Benefit by mutual discussion.
Pool wisdom for mutual benefit.
Profit from widespread suggestions.
Collecting opinions is of wide benefit.
Canvass various opinions and benefit from them.
Draw on collective wisdom and absorb all useful ideas.

雍容大度
graceful and generous
composed and tolerant
elegant and magnanimous
tolerant magnanimous mind

頂天立地
Upstanding and dauntless
Undertaking with indomitable spirit
Hold up the heavens, and support the earth.

青春永駐
Youth forever
Forever young
Stay young forever
Never grows old

風雲人物
heroic figure
popular person
famed personage
man of the moment

風華絕代
beauty with magnificent style
unparalleled elegance and talent
unsurpassed beauty of a generation
peerless intellectual brilliance and elegance
unmatched manner and deportment in generation

風情萬種
charming and graceful
fascinating and charming
various elegant demeanor
every playful sexual attraction
all different kinds of flirtatious expressions

麗質天生
born beauty
inborn beauty
innate beauty
genuine beauty
heavenly beauty

鴻圖大展
realize one's ambition
carry out one's great plan
display one's great ambition
ride on the crest of success

驀然回首
recollect suddenly
look back suddenly
call to mind unexpectedly

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