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十年河东,十年河西

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The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
George Santayana
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西

traditional

十年河東,十年河西

Mandarin

Etymology

Literally: Ten years on the east side of the river, ten years on the west side of the river.

Proverb

十年河东,十年河西 (simplified, Pinyin shí nián hé dōng, shí nián hé xī, traditional 十年河東,十年河西)

  1. Prosperity and decline never last.
  2. Life has its ups and downs.
  3. Everything in life is cyclical.

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