今朝有酒今朝醉

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Chinese[edit]

today
 
to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be
alcoholic drink today intoxicated
simp. and trad.
(今朝有酒今朝醉)
今朝 今朝
Literally: “If there is wine today, then today is the day to get drunk”.

Etymology[edit]

悠悠今朝有酒今朝醉明日明日 [MSC, trad.]
悠悠今朝有酒今朝醉明日明日 [MSC, simp.]
From: c. 833-909: Luo Yin (羅隱罗隐), 自遣 (Self Consolation)
Dé jí gāo gē shī jí xiū, duō chóu duō hèn yì yōuyōu. Jīnzhāo yǒu jiǔ jīnzhāo zuì, míngrì chóu lái míngrì chóu. [Pinyin]
A gain makes me sing; a loss makes me sullen. Worries and regrets are always around. If there is wine today, then today is the day to get drunk. Worry about tomorrow's worries when they come tomorrow.

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Idiom[edit]

今朝有酒今朝醉

  1. describes someone with attitude of instant gratification; describes someone who never thinks about the future; here today, gone tomorrow; live for the now