How to say "塞翁失马焉知非福" in English?

Updated 2014-05-29 14:33:12

How to say "塞翁失马焉知非福" in English?


How to say "塞翁失马焉知非福" in English?

sāi wēng shī mǎ yān zhī fēi fú

塞     翁      失 马  焉   知  非  福

Misfortune may be an actual blessing.

故事内容:有个住在边塞的老汉叫塞翁,他家养的马迷了路,回不来了。邻居们都觉得很可惜,可塞翁却一点都不难过。他说:“丢了马本是坏事,但谁知道它不会带来好的结果呢?”没过多久,那匹马回来了,而且还带来了一匹胡人骑的骏马。邻居们都来祝贺他,可塞翁说:“谁知道它会不会带来坏的结果呢?”结果,塞翁的儿子因为太喜欢骑这匹骏马,不小心摔断了腿。邻居们又替他难过,可塞翁又说:“谁知道它不会带来好结果呢?”一年后,胡人侵略中原,年轻人都去打仗,很多人都死了。塞翁的儿子却因为腿瘸了不用去打仗,保住了性命。所以说,有时候坏事会变成好事,好事也能变成坏事。

推荐理由:好事有时候会变成坏事,坏事有时候会变成好事。事情总是不一定总像它表面上想象的那样,而且事物也总是在变化着的。

故事背景:出自《淮南子·人间训》。“塞翁失马,焉知非福”

实际应用:我们对于生活也应该具有平常心,这样才能坦然面对生活中的大起大落,做个能成大事的人。

Just like the old frontier man losing his horse, who knows but that this may be a blessing in disguise? According to the book Huainanzi·Lessons of Human World, an old man living in a border region was comforted by his friends after he had lost his horse. 'This may be a blessing in disguise, who knows?' one of them said. Indeed, the horse later returned to the man in the company of a better horse.

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