Tick tack, clock ticks and time flies by. To all of us, time is invisible but time is everywhere. We sometimes feel time does not move and most of the time we just don’t realise how fast it goes away!
How do Chinese people view time?
We can understand how important time is to Chinese people, only by looking at the big number of Chinese proverbs and sayings on time. More or less, Time is urgent; Time is valuable; and Time is powerful.
1. Time is urgent.
Time goes away, waiting for nobody.
shí bù dāi wǒ
Time and tide wait for no man.
guāng yīn sì jiàn
Yī cùn guāngyīn yī cùn jīn, cùn jīn nán mǎi cùn guāngyīn
An inch of time is an inch of gold, but an inch of time cannot be purchased for an inch of gold.
2. Time is valuable.
Yesterday cannot come back. Because it is reversible, we should value it at the right moment when we own it.
rén shēng kǔ duǎn
Life is too short.
shí guāng liú shì, bù kě fù dé
Time lost cannot be won again.
shí jiān bù néng dào liú
Time past cannot be called back again.
wǒ shēng dài míng rì, wàn shì chéng cuō tuó
Tomorrow never comes.
zuó rì bú huì chóng xiàn
No one can call back yesterday.
suì yuè jí wǎng, yí qù bù huí
Lost time is never found again.
shí jiān jiù shì jīn qián
Time is money.
3. Time is powerful.
Time gives us second chance. Time gives us power to recover from loss, disease and sadness.
shí jiān shì yī zhì yí qiè chuàng chāng de liáng yào
Time cures all things.
wáng yáng bǔ láo, wéi shí weì wǎn
Never too old to learn， never too late to turn.
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