莫待無花空折枝

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Chinese[edit]

do not; there is none who
 
wait; treat; deal with; need; about; intending to do something; stay; delay
 
-less; not to have; no; none; not; to lack; un-
 
flower; blossom; to spend (money, time); fancy pattern
 
emptied; leisure; air; sky; empty; in vain
 
tenth (in price); to break; to fold; to turn; broken (as of rope, stick)
branch; (a measure word)
trad. (莫待無花空折枝)
simp. (莫待无花空折枝)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: If a flower is blooming, and you can pluck it, go ahead and pluck it.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proverb[edit]

莫待無花空折枝

  1. seize the day; carpe diem.

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • "莫待無花空折枝" (in Mandarin), Guoyu Cidian On-line Mandarin Dictionary (國語辭典). URL accessed on 2009-01-09.