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 jīn xī duì bǐ to contrast past suffering with present happiness (idiom)  
 guì yuǎn jiàn jìn to revere the past and despise the present (idiom)  
 guì gǔ jiàn jīn to revere the past and despise the present (idiom)  
 jiè gǔ fěng jīn to use the past to disparage the present (idiom)
 yì kǔ sī tián to view one's past as miserable and one's present as happy (idiom)
 duì bǐ to contrast / contrast / ratio / CL:個 / |个 / [ge4]
 chù jǐng shēng qíng scene which recalls past memories (idiom) / evocative of the past / reminiscent / to arouse deep feelings
 lǐ qīng rén yì zhòng slight present but weighty meaning (idiom) / It's not the present the counts, it's the thought behind it.  
 jīn xī past and present / yesterday and today
 jiāng jīn lùn gǔ to observe the present to study the past  
 sī qián xiǎng hòu to consider past cause and future effect (idiom) / to think over the past and future / to ponder over reasons and connection
 duì bǐ dù contrast (balance of black and white in TV screen setup) / degree of contrast  
 jí chí ér guò to sweep past / to hurtle past / to swoosh past  
 jīn fēi xī bǐ You can't compare the present with the past. / Nothing is as good as in former times. / Things ain't what they used to be.
 bó gǔ tōng jīn conversant with things past and present / erudite and informed
 jiè gǔ yù jīn to borrow the past as a model for the present  
 qián shì bù wàng , hòu shì zhī shī don't forget past events, they can guide you in future (idiom) / benefit from past experience  
鸿 xuě ní hóng zhǎo a goose's footprint in the snow / vestiges of the past (idiom) / the fleeting nature of human life (idiom)  
 cháng lè wèi yāng endless happiness (idiom)  
 qiān lǐ sòng é máo , lǐ qīng rén yì zhòng goose feather sent from afar, a slight present but weighty meaning (idiom) / It's not the present the counts, it's the thought behind it.  
 lǐ qīng rén yì zhòng , qiān lǐ sòng é máo goose feather sent from afar, a slight present but weighty meaning (idiom) / It's not the present the counts, it's the thought behind it.  
 jī è yú yāng Accumulated evil will be repaid in suffering (idiom).  
访 fǎng pín wèn kǔ to visit the poor and ask about their suffering (idiom)  
 zhuǎn bēi wéi xǐ to turn grief into happiness (idiom)
 shì jì deed / past achievement / important event of the past
怀 huái gǔ to recall the past / to cherish memory of past event
 chéng to present to a superior / memorial / petition / to present (a certain appearance) / to assume (a shape) / to be (a certain color)
 rào xī chéng huān to live with one's parents, thus bringing them happiness (idiom)  
 céng once / already / ever (in the past) / former / previously / (past tense marker used before verb or clause)
 fèng zèng (honorific) to present / to give as a present  
 xǐ xiào yán kāi face covered in smiles (idiom) / beaming with happiness
 sòng to deliver / to carry / to give (as a present) / to present (with) / to see off / to send
 huò fú wú cháng disaster and happiness do not follow rules (idiom) / future blessings and misfortunes are unpredictable  
 mǎi xiào zhuī huān lit. to buy smiles to seek happiness / abandon oneself to the pleasures of the flesh (idiom)  
 fú rú Dōng Hǎi may your happiness be as immense as the East Sea (idiom)
 bēi shēng zài dào lamentations fill the roads (idiom) / severe suffering all around  
 chá fàn wú xīn no heart for tea or rice (idiom) / melancholic and suffering / to have no appetite  
 wò xīn cháng dǎn lit. to lie on firewood and taste gall (idiom) / fig. suffering patiently, but firmly resolved on revenge
 sì dì the Four Noble Truths (Budd.), covered by the acronym 苦 / / / / : all life is suffering 苦 / , the cause of suffering is desire 集 / , emancipation comes only by eliminating passions 滅 / |灭 / , the way 道 / to emanc  
 huā hǎo yuè yuán lit. lovely flowers, round moon (idiom) / fig. everything is wonderful / perfect happiness / conjugal bliss
怀 yǐn liú huái yuán lit. when you drink water, think of its source (idiom) / gratitude for blessings and their well-spring / Don't forget where your happiness come from. / Be grateful for all your blessings!  
 chóng wēn jiù mèng to revive old dreams (idiom) / to relive past experiences
 pò tì wéi xiào to turn tears into laughter (idiom) / to turn grief into happiness  
 chuāng jù tòng shēn untold pain and suffering (idiom) / deeply scarred for life  
 shuǐ shēn huǒ rè deep water and scorching fire / abyss of suffering (idiom)
 chá fàn bù sī no thought for tea or rice (idiom) / melancholic and suffering / to have no appetite  
 hǎo shì duō mò the road to happiness is paved with hardships (idiom)
 hǎo shì duō mó the road to happiness is strewn with setbacks (idiom)  
 kǔ zhōng zuò lè to find joy in sorrows (idiom) / to enjoy sth in spite of one's suffering  
 gē wǔ shēng píng lit. to celebrate peace with songs and dance (idiom) / fig. to make a show of happiness and prosperity  
 huí chēn zuò xǐ to go from anger to happiness (idiom)  
 jiù jǐng chóng xiàn to have flashbacks from the past (idiom)  
 yǐn shuǐ sī yuán lit. when you drink water, think of its source (idiom) / gratitude for blessings and their well-spring / Don't forget where your happiness come from. / Be grateful for all your blessings!
 rén jiān dì yù hell on earth (idiom) / suffering the torments of Buddhist hell while still alive / fig. having an uncomfortable time
 cǎi lán zèng sháo lit. pick orchids and present peonies (idiom) / fig. presents between lovers  
 xiān zhǎn hòu zòu first decapitate then present your trophy (idiom) / act first, report later  
 shì guò jìng qiān The issue is in the past, and the situation has changed (idiom). / It is water under the bridge.
 màn màn cháng yè endless night (idiom) / fig. long suffering  
 cháng yè màn màn endless night (idiom) / fig. long suffering  
 zì shí qí guǒ to eat one's own fruit (idiom) / fig. suffering the consequences of one's own action / to reap what one has sown
 bái jū guò xì a white steed flits past a crack (idiom) / How time flies!  
 juān xīn míng gǔ etched in one's bones and heart (idiom) / ever-present memory (esp. resentment)  
 juān gǔ míng xīn etched in one's bones and heart (idiom) / ever-present memory (esp. resentment)  
 jì wǎng kāi lái to follow the past and herald the future (idiom) / part of a historical transition / forming a bridge between earlier and later stages
 fēi huáng téng dá lit. the divine steed Huang flashes past (idiom) / fig. a meteoric rise / career success / The Apprentice (UK reality TV series)
 kè kǔ nài láo to bear hardships and work hard (idiom) / assiduous and long-suffering / hard-working and capable of overcoming adversity
 jí shí xíng lè to enjoy the present (idiom) / to live happily with no though for the future / make merry while you can / carpe diem  
 huǐ bù dāng chū to regret one's past deeds (idiom)
 lu:è jì yuán qíng to overlook past faults (idiom) / to forgive and forget
 shí zhì jīn rì lit. the time up to today (idiom) / up to the present / even now
 chéng qián qǐ hòu to follow the past and herald the future (idiom) / part of a historical transition / forming a bridge between earlier and later stages
 jiàn wǎng zhī lái to observe the past to foresee the future (idiom, taken loosely from Book of Songs) / studying ancient wisdom gives insight into what is to come  
 wēn gù zhī xīn to review the old and know the new (idiom, from the Analects) / to recall the past to understand the future
 bǔ piān jiù bì to remedy defects and correct errors (idiom) / to rectify past mistakes
 jīng gōng zhī niǎo lit. a bird startled by the mere twang of a bow (idiom) / fig. sb who frightens easily, due to past experiences
 liáng gōng xīn kǔ expert craft from hard practice (idiom) / hard-won skill / A masterpiece demands suffering.  
 duō zǐ duō fú the more sons, the more happiness (idiom)  
 kǔ jí miè dào the Four Noble Truths (Budd.), namely: all life is suffering 苦 / , the cause of suffering is desire 集 / , emancipation comes only by eliminating passions 滅 / |灭 / , the way 道 / to emancipation is the Eight-fold Noble Way 八 / Ē  
 bù jiù jì wǎng not censure sb for his past misdeeds / overlook sb's past mistakes / let bygones be bygones
 bù zhī Dīng Dǒng forgetting the fate of Ding and Dong (idiom) / unheeding the lessons of the past  
 hòu sǐ bó shēng lit. to praise the dead and revile the living / fig. to live in the past (idiom)  
 wēn gù ér zhī xīn to review the old and know the new (idiom, from the Analects) / to recall the past to understand the future  
 qiān lǐ sòng é máo goose feather sent from afar (idiom) / a trifling present with a weighty thought behind it  
 tòng gǎi qián fēi completely correcting one's former misdeeds (idiom) / to repent past mistakes and turn over a new leaf / a reformed character
 yī rú jì wǎng just as in the past (idiom) / as before / continuing as always
 yuán yuǎn liú cháng lit. source is distant and the flow is long (idiom) / fig. sth goes back to the dim and distant past / a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then
 chéng shàng qǐ xià to follow the past and herald the future (idiom) / part of a historical transition / forming a bridge between earlier and later stages  
 hòu chē zhī jiàn lit. warning to the following cart (idiom) / don't follow the track of an overturned cart / fig. draw lesson from the failure of one's predecessor / learn from past mistake / once bitten twice shy
 lǐ qīng qíng yì zhòng goose feather sent from afar, a trifling present with a weighty thought behind it (idiom) / It's not the gift that counts, but the thought behind it.  
 chèn (of garments) against the skin / to line / lining / to contrast with / to assist financially
 dù rì rú nián a day drags past like a year (idiom) / time hangs heavy / time crawls when one is wretched
 tì gǔ rén dān yōu to fret over the worries of long-departed people (idiom) / to worry unnecessarily / crying over spilt milk / often used with negatives, e.g. no need to worry about past issues  
 rén wú yuǎn lu:4 , bì yǒu jìn yōu He who gives no thought to far-flung problems soon finds suffering nearby (idiom, from Analects). / Smug concentration on the here and now will lead to future sorrow.  
 tì gǔ rén dān yōu to fret over the worries of long-departed people (idiom) / to worry unnecessarily / crying over spilt milk / often used with negatives, e.g. no need to worry about past issues  
 jí lè bliss / extreme happiness  
 kǔ hǎi wú biān , huí tóu shì àn The sea of bitterness has no bounds, turn your head to see the shore (idiom). Only Buddhist enlightenment can allow one to shed off the abyss of worldly suffering. / Repent and ye shall be saved!  
 guò le zhè cūn méi zhè diàn past this village, you won't find this shop (idiom) / this is your last chance  
 huān yuè happiness / joy / to be happy / to be joyous
 jiào comparatively / (preposition comparing difference in degree) / to contrast / to compare / rather / fairly / clearly (different) / markedly / to haggle over / to quibble / also pr. [jiao3]
 hōng to bake / to heat by fire / to set off by contrast

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