2018-09-24

YOU CANNOT HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT

英文諺語 YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT (TOO) 魚與熊掌不可兼得

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你不能擁有你的蛋糕又同時吃掉它。蛋糕想拿在手上,就不能吃掉,只能選一種啊,人不能太貪心,所以指的就是魚與熊掌不可兼得的意思。
Once the cake is eaten, it is gone. It can be used to say that one cannot or should not have or want more than one deserves or is reasonable, or that one cannot or should not try to have two incompatible things; you can’t have two desirable but contradictory options – you have to choose.
There is a sentimental part in most people that wants to make a good experience continue for as long as possible, and then to have good memories that last forever. It’s only human nature to want to be comfortable and happy, and “having your cake” can actually come in many forms. There is a promise in having the metaphorical cake that is sometimes broken when the actual cake is eaten. There is disappointment involved in the realization of any dream. Dreams and expectations are abstract and ideal, whereas experiences are very real. As you think about a cake, it is as moist and flavorful as your imagination can make it. You can change the flavor from vanilla to chocolate and back in a heartbeat. But once you’ve mixed up the ingredients and they’ve been in the oven for 20 minutes, you’re going to have a cake that conforms to the recipe you actually made. There’s no going back short of baking a brand new cake.
EXAMPLE
“You can’t have your cake and eat it – if you want more local services, you can’t expect to pay less tax.”
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You can't have your cake and eat it (too) 魚與熊掌不可兼得
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2018-07-01

YOU CANNOT GET BLOOD OUT OF A STONE

YOU CANNOT GET BLOOD FROM A STONE 石頭擠不出血來;鐵石心腸那有淚

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You cannot get help from an uncharitable person or money from someone who has none. Attempting the impossible and expecting results, usually revolving around the collection of a debt that cannot be paid. Something that cannot be obtained, regardless of how much force or persuasion is used.
EXAMPLE
Barry and Tim spent two hours trying to convince the old man to contribute to the children’s hospital. Eventually, Barry turned to Tim and said in disgust, “This is hopeless. We can’t get blood from a stone.”

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2018-04-13

YOU CANNOT BURN THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS

英文諺語 YOU CANNOT BURN THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS 勿過分消耗體力;蠟燭不能兩頭燒

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Candles are meant to stand up vertically. In this position they can burn at only one end. They can burn at both ends only if they are held horizontally, but they will burn at an increased rate and eventually extinguish. That’s the point of this idiom, continuing at this pace is fatiguing.
To work or do other things from early in the morning until late at night and so get very little rest; to exhaust oneself, especially by being up late and getting up early to work, therefore working extremely or excessively hard for good health or peace of mind.
If you are working or studying too hard, it would be said you are burning the candle at both ends. The inference is that you won’t be able to keep this up for too long. You will soon find yourself burnt out and over tired, so rest and play are some of the answers to working too hard.

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You cannot burn the candle at both ends 勿過分消耗體力;蠟燭不能兩頭燒
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2018-01-07

WORDS CUT MORE THAN SWORDS

英文諺語 WORDS CUT MORE THAN SWORDS 舌劍利於刀劍
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A sharp tongue wounds.
Words are powerful because when spoken out loud they carry energy, sound and frequency, which are some of the building blocks of matter. Furthermore, they carry information that can be used as knowledge to create or destroy things. When you acquire the right knowledge and experience it into wisdom, it becomes very powerful and can be used to expand power.
The written word is more to be feared than the physical force. ‘Tyranny has not enemy as formidable as the pen,’ wrote William Cobbett. As a commentary on the 20th century it can be suggested that although the pen is mightier than the sword, even mightier than the pen is television and the Internet.
“Words cut deeper than knives. A knife can be pulled out, words are embedded into our souls.”
William Chapman

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2017-10-08

WHILE THERE’S LIFE, THERE’S HOPE 英文諺語

WHILE THERE’S LIFE, THERE’S HOPE 留得青山在,不怕沒柴燒

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Never give up; as long as you are alive, you should be hopeful, because it is possible that your situation will improve. “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow” (Marden) Hope, is a word used too commonly but not defined very clearly. When people hope on something, they are simply wishing for it to happen.
EXAMPLE
Sarah: “What will we do, now that our house and everything we own has burned up?”
Fred: “While there’s life there’s hope.”

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2017-06-05

WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY

英文諺語 WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY 有志者事竟成

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This is a famous saying. It means that you can accomplish anything if you work hard; in this case, “will” means a strong motivation to accomplish something. So you can understand the phrase to mean “If you have a strong motivation to accomplish something, there’s a way to accomplish it.” This will be the case even if it is challenging, difficult, or seemingly impossible.
Will-power is the greatest driving force in man. It helps him get through all the difficulties in life. Will-power is the most essential ingredient of success. It enables a person to find a way to overcome the obstacle in his path. He continues his journey towards his chosen goal. A man who loses heart at the sight of failure can never achieve his goal. But a man who is determined to attain his objectives is not disheartened by failures. One should not lose heart during adversities.
The real essence of life lies in struggle. Determination and calmness help a person in his Endeavor. They provide him inspiration to achieve success. A wise man accepts the challenges of life with a calm mind. Our ancient scriptures also advocate that one should do one’ duty with determination. One should have a firm determination to strive and win.
Why this proverb is so popular? This idiom is probably so memorable because of its two ‘w’ sounds. Alliteration is often used in proverbs to help them to stick in the mind.
EXAMPLE
Paul: “I have no doubt that Jessie will find a publisher for her novel. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
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2017-05-17

WELL BEGUN IS HALF DONE 英文諺語

WELL BEGUN IS HALF DONE 好的開始是成功的一半

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beginning a project well ensures that the project will require not much more effort to finish it, as well as greatly increasing the chances of success.  Beginning a project well makes it easier to do the rest.; Once you have begun a project well, you do not need to put in much more effort to finish it.
Said as a warning that you think your conversation is being overheard,  as it emphasizes that someone may be listening.
ESSAY
It often happens that something which at first seems very difficult is soon finished when we have once managed to make a good beginning. For instance, in learning to swim we may try hard, day after day, for a long time, without seeming to make the least progress. All of a sudden some day we find to our delight that we can make one or two strokes, and henceforward progress is rapid and easy. In this case the great difficulty is to gain confidence in the buoyancy of the water, and, when that is once acquired, nothing else is needed but regular practice.
A similar difficulty of gaining self-confidence renders it hard to make the first beginning in many other physical accomplishments. When a child in its first efforts to walk has learnt to keep its balance for one or two steps, it has thereby got over the great impediment in the way of further progress. In learning to skate and ride a bicycle the great difficulty is, to learn by our own experience that it is really possible to keep our balance, when supported on what seems to be a very precarious foundation.
In acquiring new branches of knowledge it is also generally true that well begun is half done; but not quite for the same reason. In learning a new language, it is very irksome to master the rudiments that have to be learnt first, such as the alphabet, the pronunciation, and the elements of the grammar. After these are thoroughly learnt, the most unpleasant part of the task is finished, and a good foundation is laid for the acquisition of the language.
Only it must be noticed that the proverb says “Well begun is half done.” A bad commencement actually impedes the progress of composition, as it has either to be written all over again, or must be amended by many alterations, the making of which entails a large expenditure of time and trouble.
EXAMPLE
Simon: “I’m afraid I’ll never be able to finish writing this report.”
Fred: “You’ve already written a good introduction. Well begun is half done.”
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