Favourite phrases
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Yutaka 15406 1621
"A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him."(George Orwell)

"The humanist assumption that life, although full of sorrow, is worth living, and that Man is a noble animal."(George Orwell)
December 2009
  • My favourite phrase is:

    "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
    December 2009
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    "They call our language the mother tongue because father seldom gets a chance to use it."
    December 2009
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    "Time is a scarce resource, and even the wealthiest individual must decide what expensive toy to play with each day."
    May 2011
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    "There is no free lunch. Having more of one thing requires giving up something else."
    May 2011
  • [[korea123]] 52
    Quitters never win.
    Winners never quit.
    May 2011
  • peter 56303 74564 3700
    "You need to drink a can of concrete and harden the F*** up." :)
    May 2011
  • aybee77 129 22545 38
    "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford

    "I think I can, I think I can." -- The Little Engine That Could

    "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." -- Calvin Coolidge
    May 2011
  • MisterB 1255
    A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
    漫步于精神病院就可明白信念并不能证明任何东西。

    --Friedrich Nietzsche
    May 2011
  • MisterB 1255
    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. - Carl Sagan
    May 2011
  • MisterB 1255
    山中无老虎,猴子称大王

    or the other version by Erasmus of Rotterdam
    a little different, but has the same point..

    "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king"
    --Erasmus
    May 2011
  • MisterB 1255
    树倒猢狲散
    When a tree falls, the monkeys scatter.
    May 2011
  • MisterB 1255
    Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
    (Farsi) جوجه رو آخر پاییز می شمرن

    May 2011
  • kokorodoko 5308
    "Anybody who does creative art is a sacred person. I do not care what he does. Whether he paints academic pictures or he is modern and different from anything else. He cannot do any harm. Whereas a bad politician or a bad doctor or a bad cook can kill you!"

    - Man Ray
    May 2011
  • NobodyHere 8753 11702
    "The higher the monkey climbs up the tree, the more it shows its bottom"
    May 2011
  • Ks 2635 37
    @aybee77 "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford
    The slightly similar meaning has phrase “Everything you can imagine is real” by Pablo Picasso.
    May 2011
  • MisterB 1255
    If there is one thing I have learned in life and in business, it is the importance of credibility. It is difficult to achieve credibility and easy to lose it.

    -- Steve Kaufmann January 22, 2008
    May 2011
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    "Happy is the country which has no history."
    June 2011
  • yggdrasil 2764 11129 10468
    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve"-Bilbo Baggins

    For the day of the Lord is near against all nations
    As you have done so shall it be done unto your own head
    Obadiah 1:15

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
    June 2011
  • serge33510 2831 8294 29359
    "Those who speak three languages are trilingual. Those who speak two languages are bilingual, and those who speak only one are American."
    June 2011
  • Imani 40408 364 25582
    "We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time."

    "Little Gidding" ~~T.S. Eliot
    June 2011
  • [[yang_guizi]] 509 175 6616
    "If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster."

    - Clint Eastwood

    "Just do it."

    - Nike, Inc.
    June 2011
  • colibri 12236 298
    “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”
    June 2011
  • djalout27 827
    ان تموت بشرف خير لك من ان تحيا بذل
    try to understand the real meaning of this phrase because it has a great meaning specially for me
    June 2011
  • hinata 0
    I like Alice Miller´s quotes:

    The reason why parents mistreat their children has less to do with character and temperament than with the fact that they were mistreated themselves and were not permitted to defend themselves.

    Sadism is not an infectious disease that strikes a person all of a sudden. It has a long prehistory in childhood and always originates in the desperate fantasies of a child who is searching for a way out of a hopeless situation.

    It is very difficult for people to believe the simple fact that every persecutor was once a victim. Yet it should be very obvious that someone who was allowed to feel free and strong from childhood does not have the need to humiliate another person.
    June 2011
  • Jamie 10882 8285 30654
    Oscar Wilde:

    The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
    I am not young enough to know everything.
    I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
    I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
    It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal.
    Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
    Genius is born--not paid.
    Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
    Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
    Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
    America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
    Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
    A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
    The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
    We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
    We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.
    Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
    I can resist anything but temptation.
    My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.
    Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
    June 2011
  • tro 0
    - "I think I need a drink" - "Almost everybody does, only they don't know"

    Ch. Bukowski
    June 2011
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    "Ahhh, there's just one more thing..." Columbo
    June 2011
  • I just wanted to make a note about the following phrase:
    Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
    (Farsi) جوجه رو آخر پاییز می شمرن

    The literal translation of the Persian text is "baby chicks are counted at the end of autumn". It is said to someone who seems to be reaching a conclusion too quickly.

    California Center for Translation & Interpretation
    Certified Translation Services
    10940 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1600
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    http://www.cacfti.com
    May 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    ( After I edited my old post, this thread disappeared from the timeline.
    At that moment I imagined that the thread had been deleted by the LingQ authorities for some reason related to the advertisement in the thread.)
    May 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Even a dog speaks Japanese in Japan. "wan-wan."
    Even a dog speaks English in the U. S. "bow-wow."
    June 2014
  • jreidy 2395
    Even a dog speaks Korean in Korea. "mong mong"
    Even a cat speaks Korean in Korea. "Yaong"
    Even a chicken speaks Korean in Korea. "Ko ki oh! Ko ki oh!"

    Even a cat speaks English in America. "Meow"
    Even a chicken speaks English in America. "Cock-a-doodle-do!"
    June 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Some people speak english[sic] instead of English. I wonder if they don't have a shift key in their keyboard. "i wanna practice speaking english with u."
    June 2014
  • [[moreiraamc]] 1567
    While I have strength I will fight and when they run out, I will continue without them.
    June 2014
  • [[Ginkgo58]] 376 100585 144
    Perhaps the English language should drop the use of a capital letter for the names of languages. It does not seem to have any useful function. English no longer puts full stops after letters in abbreviations. N.S.W. has become NSW, U.S.A. has become USA. I don't think the language has suffered from it.

    Yes, I know this is off the topic.

    So,

    Why is there something rather than nothing?

    June 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    My cat can speak. I asked her what two minus two is. She said nothing.
    June 2014
  • [[galina]] 43 1070
    @Yutaka - I love it! :)
    June 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Whatever you do when you’re procrastinating should be your full-time job.
    June 2014
  • selam 11231

    “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt
    June 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Ich gebe dir hundert Mark, wenn du mir zweihundert Mark gibst.
    Jede Sprache hat ihre Schönheit.
    Jeder Mensch ist ein Kind Seiner Zeit.
    June 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Was über den Zaun fällt, gehört dem Nachbar.
    June 2014
  • brucenator 528 0
    What do you want me to say? Go ahead and try and sell it, you want to be a dumbski. Give it a shot!
    - Donnie Brasco

    June 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Eine Hölle, die man wohl kennt, ist besser als ein Himmel, den man noch nicht kennt.
    June 2014
  • jolanda 37452 23820 13845
    @Yutaka
    Wir würden sagen:
    "Lieber den Spatz in der Hand als die Taube auf dem Dach."
    j;-)

    June 2014
    • ftornay es Spain 50715 7262 131
      Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando.
      August 2015
      • ftornay es Spain 50715 7262 131
        Dieser Satz entspricht dem deutschen. Es ist aber nicht einer meiner Lieblingssätze.
        August 2015
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Wer zu viel liest, verliert allmählich die Fähigkeit, selbst zu denken.
    July 2014
  • MADARA 3576 17953
    “Keep away from prohibited things and you will be among the best of worshipers.”

    ''Don't contemplate, perceive,, -Fei Long

    “The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”-Malcom X
    July 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Es ist leicht, zwei oder drei Sprachen zu beherrschen.
    July 2014
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    SanneT 487 343
    Sagt wer?
    July 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    . . .
    Es ist gefährlich, bei einem Gewitter unter einem Baum zu stehen.
    Verschwiegenheit zu fordern, ist nicht das rechte Mittel, sie zu erlangen.
    These are from a book titled 'Bausteine der deutchen Sprache'. That Book was first published in 1947. Some of the example sentences are very interesting. The name of the author is Sekiguchi Tsugio.
    July 2014
  • b4kemono 17763 333 4500
    Halla vei viljan illalla. (A Finnish sentence)
    Means: The frost took the crops in the evening.
    'j' is pronounced like the English y.

    お金が足りなくて買えなかった. Transcription: Okane ga tarinakute kaenakatta.
    Means: I did not have enough money so I couldn't buy it.
    Because I find the structure of the sentence so interesting.

    Don't remember any others now...
    July 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    @b4kemono
    It is said that Finnish, Japanese, Korean, etc., belong to the 'agglutinative' language group. Although I don't know anything about Finnish, I suppose you have noticed some similarities between Finnish and Japanese.

    P.S.
    I have neither finished, nor started, learning Finnish, for I have lately restarted learning another foreign language, German, which is an inflicting, no, 'inflecting' language. Japanese, which belongs to the agglutinative language group as Finnish does, is my mother tongue.
    July 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    July 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
    All tutors are native, but some tutors are more native than others.
    July 2014
    • Macaron66 fr France 555 15016 2027
      The first one is from George Orwell, the second by Yutaka? ;-)
      June 2015
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        Yutaka jp Japan 15406 1621
        Yes, the first one is from Geoge Orwell. The second one is someone whose name escapes me at the moment. Something tells me that it begins with the letter "Y".
        June 2015
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Eine offene Tür verführt auch einen Heiligen.
    July 2014
  • Prinz_DUP 6511 13 2004
    "Der Ball ist rund...das Spiel dauert 90 Minuten"

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel"

    - Sepp Herberger, Fußballtrainer der deutschen Nationalmannschaft 1936-1964

    (Entweder enthüllen diese bekannte Sprüche die tiefsten Geheimnisse deutscher Fußball...oder sie sind Käse...)
    July 2014
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    ColinJohnstonov 51559 7556 179
    @ Jay

    Damm, du bist ein gut aussehender Mann. Bist du sicher, dass du kein Deutscher bist?
    July 2014
  • Prinz_DUP 6511 13 2004
    @Colin: "...du bist ein gut aussehender Mann..."
    ---

    Nett von dir - aber ist es dein Ernst?? :-0

    (If so, don't tell me, tell your sisters! :-D)
    July 2014
  • [[Michael_Serrage]] 932
    So much for following rules....
    July 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Wo zuviel Geld ist, da krankt es im Menschen.
    Es führen viele Wege nach Rom.
    August 2014
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    ColinJohnstonov 51559 7556 179
    My computer does what I tell it to, not what I want it to.
    August 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
    August 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Es ist nichts Neues unter der Sonne.
    August 2014
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    Was it a cat I saw?
    August 2014
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      SanneT gb United Kingdom 487 343
      Is it a real question you posted?
      August 2014
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        Yutaka jp Japan 15406 1621
        Nein. Es ist an palindrome.
        August 2014
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      SanneT gb United Kingdom 487 343
      The only one I can come up with just now is a lie "Madam, I am Adam!"

      Edit: notice how the statement before the quotation marks can have a double meaning. :)
      August 2014
  • [[leafarop-001]] 9375 0
    My favorite phrase is:

    "Everything is possible, the impossible is just a little bit harder."
    September 2014
    • Macaron66 fr France 555 15016 2027
      "If it's possible, it's done already; if it's impossible, it will be done".
      June 2015
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    It's more than flesh and blood can stand.
    March 2015
  • mikebooks 15818
    All i know is that i know nothing at all

    [while this statement is usually attributed to Socrates, it is in fact a mistatement of what he actually spoke-- but i like the phrase nonetheless]

    Michael
    March 2015
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    "The best kind of self-control is to avoid situations that require self-control."---Paul J. Silvia
    June 2015
  • George Orwell. 1984. How I love this novel!!!.

    Here are my two favorite extracts from this book. I put the translation in French for the French learner. Enjoy!


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    It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

    George Orwell:‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’


    C’était une journée d’avril froide et claire. Les horloges sonnaient treize heures. Winston Smith, le menton rentré dans le cou, s’efforçait d’éviter le vent mauvais. Il passa rapidement la porte vitrée du bloc des « Maisons de la Victoire », pas assez rapidement cependant pour empêcher que s’engouffre en même temps que lui un tourbillon de poussière et de sable.

    George Orwell:1984 - Première Partie - Chapitre I
    Traduction d’Amélie Audiberti


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    The elbow! He had slumped to his knees, almost paralysed, clasping the stricken elbow with his other hand. Everything had exploded into yellow light. Inconceivable, inconceivable that one blow could cause such pain! The light cleared and he could see the other two looking down at him. The guard was laughing at his contortions. One question at any rate was answered. Never, for any reason on earth, could you wish for an increase of pain. Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes, no heroes, he thought over and over as he writhed on the floor, clutching uselessly at his disabled left arm.

    George Orwell:‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ PART III I


    L’épaule ! Il s’était effondré sur les genoux, presque paralysé, tenant de son autre main son épaule blessée. Tout avait explosé dans une lumière jaune. Inconcevable. Inconcevable qu’un seul coup pût causer une telle souffrance ! La lumière s’éclaircit et il put voir les deux autres qui le regardaient. Le garde riait de ses contorsions. Une question, en tout cas, avait trouvé sa réponse. Jamais, pour aucune raison au monde, on ne pouvait désirer un accroissement de douleur. De la douleur on ne pouvait désirer qu’une chose, qu’elle s’arrête. Rien au monde n’était aussi pénible qu’une souffrance physique. « Devant la douleur, il n’y a pas de héros, aucun héros », se répéta-t-il, tandis qu’il se tordait sur le parquet, étreignant sans raison son bras gauche estropié.

    George Orwell:1984 - Troisième Partie - Chapitre I
    Traduction d’Amélie Audiberti

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    Here is an Alfred de Musset’s quotation to further your reflexion about the last extract:


    « L’homme est un apprenti, la douleur est son maître,
    Et nul ne se connaît tant qu'il n'a pas souffert. »
    Alfred de Musset. Ecrivain et poète français. 1810-1857.
    La Nuit d’Octobre (Extrait)


    "Sorrow is lord to man, and man a slave,
    None knows himself till he has walked with grief."
    Alfred de Musset.
    THE OCTOBER NIGHT. (extract)
    June 2015
  • Macaron66 555 15016 2027
    "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance".

    June 2015
    • fabricepoirette fr France 23237
      @Macaron66. I like this one. N. Mandela quotation, isn't it?
      June 2015
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    "Ordinary everyday life consists far more largely of horrors than writers of fiction usually care to admit."---George Orwell
    August 2015
  • spatterson 3636
    There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are thing we don't know we don't know
    September 2015
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      SanneT gb United Kingdom 487 343
      Ah: the Johari Window :)
      September 2015
  • khardy 42482
    "Ideosyncratically euphuistic eccentricities are the promulgators of triturable obfuscation."
    September 2015
  • job86 1071 6657
    "Winning is for losers." One F Jef
    September 2015
  • spatterson 3636
    In honor of yogi berra passing

    'It ain't over 'til it's over'

    Or my favorite

    'When you get to the fork in the road, take it!'
    September 2015
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    "The past is an information bank from which you can learn; it is not a web in which you are caught."(Gillian Butler and Tony Hope)
    November 2015
  • juli_ 2838 5674
    My favourite inspirational quotes are:

    "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else." - Albert Einstein.

    "You have to be odd to be number one." - Dr. Seuss
    November 2015
  • Dream big and dare to fail. (Norman Vaughan)
    Tough times never last. Tough people do. (Dr Robert Schuller)
    The best way out is always through. (Robert Frost)
    The best dreams happen when you're awake. (Cherie Gilderbloom)
    Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. (Charles Kettering)
    You must not only aim right, but draw your body with all your might. (Henry David Thoreau)
    When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. (Mary Kay Ash)
    Don't wait. The time will never be just right. (Napoleon Hill)
    It is never too late to be what you might have been. (George Eliot)
    The road to easy street goes through the sewer. (John Madden)
    To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. (Elbert Hubbard)
    Do what you love and the money will follow. (Marsha Sinetar)
    December 2015
  • olympus 3335 1194 0
    Pertaining to my rationale towards language learning, I enjoy these quotes:

    "You're only as good as the time you put in"
    "失败是成功之母"
    "Kleinvieh macht auch Mist"
    December 2015
  • 'You've got what it takes but it will take everything you've got.' (framed and put up in my study room right since my college days)

    'Don't cry over spilled milk. By this time tomorrow, it'll be free yogurt.'

    'To be happy you must be your own sunshine.' (they say this and it sounds good to hear but personally speaking, my daughter is my sunshine :) )

    'Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.' (Unfortunately, this is true. Fortunately, it holds true even for fun games in math like these --> http://www.mathblaster.com/ )

    'It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.' (Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter)

    'If you want to be happy, be.'
    February 2016
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    Yutaka 15406 1621
    「丈夫、書万巻を擁さば、何ぞ百城に南面するを仮らんや。」
    「坐して百城を擁す。」
    (合山究「故事成語」講談社現代新書、1991年)

    《魏書・李謐傳》:“丈夫擁書萬卷,何假南面百城?”
    http://tw.ichacha.net/hy/坐擁百城.html
    April 2016
    • Ozemite au Australia 2050 3530 561
      それは謎です... 謎と いうのは説明できない事柄の こと です。 笑

      これ が分かりません から 、説明して もらえます か ?
      April 2016
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        Yutaka jp Japan 15406 1621
        An honourable person prefers living wth millions of books to owning a hundred castles.
        April 2016
        • Ozemite au Australia 2050 3530 561
          すばらしいですよ!。もちろん、しかしもし私にもっとお金があれば。。。then those castles could be filled with the orphans, the homeless, the disabled... 願っただけでいいものならこじきもたちまら金持さ。
          April 2016
  • Ozemite 2050 3530 561
    Mere presence of disability doesn't render life not worth living.
    April 2016