Have you ever felt that there were times, no matter what you did, there were always things that did not go well and there were always bad luck followed you everywhere? This kind of situation can be hard at times, and sometimes it made you question your own ability and even doubt the purpose of living .
There is a Chinese proverb can be used to describe this unfortunate and difficult life situation:
wū lòu piān féng liányè yǔ
wū ( 屋 noun, house) lòu ( 漏 verb, to leak) piān (偏 contrary to expectations) féng ( 逢 verb, meet by chance or come across) lián (连 adjective, continuous) yè (夜 noun, night) yǔ ( 雨 noun, rains)
Literally, it means:
At the time that the roof was leaking, (unfortunately) it also happened that it got several continuous nights of rains.
Thus, for unfortunate events occur in quantity, this Chinese proverb carries this English idiom’s meaning:
It never rains but it pours.
tā shàng xīngqī fāshēng chēhuò , zhège xīngqī bèi zhěnduàn chū áizhēng , tā de chǔjìng zhēnshì wū lòu piān féng liányè yǔ , shí fēn bēicǎn .
He had a car accident last week and this week he got diagnosed with cancer. His situation is like a leaky roof with continuous nights of rains, very tragic and miserable.
Similar Chinese idioms or proverbs to describe misfortunes never come single are:
huò bù dān xíng
Misfortunes never come single.
tā zuìjìn huòbùdānxíng , bù dàn bèi jiěgù , érqiě jiǎo shòushāng . shēnxīnjù shāng , hěn lìngrén tóngqíng .
Recently, she got multiple misfortunes. She not only got laid off, but also had foot injury. She was hurt both physically and mentally, very pitiful.
yī bō wèi píng yī bō yòu qǐ
Just when one wave subsides, another one surges.
tā qiányīzhènzi pòchǎn , méi xiǎngdào yībōwèipíng , yībōyòuqǐ , xiànzài tā jūrán hé tā jiéhūn duōniánde zhàngfu líhūn le .
Not long ago, she was bankrupt. Who would have thought that one wave has not yet subsided, another one surges. Now, unexpectedly she divorced her husband who she was married for many years.
duō zāi duō nán
dogged with misfortunes and mishaps
tā de rénshēng duō zāi duō nán , fēicháng bù shùnlì.
Her life is full of disasters and misfortune, really not smooth.
fú wú shuāng zhì
Felicity never turns out in pairs.
Blessings do not come hand in hand.
zhè shìjièshàng fú wúshuāng zhì , hǎoshìjiēèrliánsān ér lái de hěn shǎo .
In this world blessings don’t come hand in hand; good things that come one after another are very rare.
xuě shàng jiā shuāng
Add frost to snow
One disaster after another
zuìjìn quánqiújīngjì qíngkuàng hěn chā , shǐ tā yuánlái jiù bùlǐxiǎng shēngyi xuě shàng jiā shuāng , jīhū pòchǎn .
The recent global economic situation is very bad and it added hail to snow to her originally bad business to the point of near bankruptcy.
Some other idioms to describe misfortune situation occur are:
bì kēng luò jǐng
Literally it means: to dodge a pit only to fall into a well.
Jump out of the frying pan into the fire
To go from a bad situation to an even worse one
luò jǐng xià shí
Originally it means: to throw stones at somebody who fell down a well.
So, it also implies: to hit a person who is down.
huǒ shàng jiāo yóu
A Chinese idiom: to pour oil on the fire.
It also implies: to aggravate a situation / to enrage people and make matters worse.
zāi huàn cóng shēng
Disasters and misfortunes break out everywhere.
Below are some very positive and constructive words of wisdom on the internet I read a few days ago. If you are in a desolate life situation, hope these inspirational quotes can offer you a light of hope.
最使人疲憊的． 往往不是道路的遙遠，而是《 心中的鬱悶 》 ；
zuì shǐ rén pí bèi de . wǎng wǎng bù shì dàolù de yáoyuǎn , érshì [ xīn zhōng de mēn ]
The thing that exhausted people the most, often, it is not the long distance of roads, but the depression of heart.
最使人頹喪的． 往往不是前途的坎坷，而是《 自信的喪失 》；
zuì shǐ rén tuí sàng de . wǎngwǎng bù shì qiántú de kǎnkě , érshì [ zìxìn de sàngshī ]
The thing that disheartened people the most, often it is not the bumpy future outlook, but the loss of self-confidence.
最使人痛苦的． 往往不是生活的不幸，而是《 希望的破滅 》；
zuì shǐ rén tòngkǔ de . wǎngwǎng bù shì shēnghuó de bùxìng , érshì [ xīwàng de pò miè]
The thing that pained people the most, often it is not the misfortune of living, but the annihilation of hope.
最使人絕望的． 往往不是挫折的打撃，而是《 心靈的死亡 》；
zuì shǐ rén juéwàng de . wǎngwǎng bù shì cuòzhé de dǎ jí, érshì [ xīn líng de sǐwáng ]
The thing that despaired people the most, often it is not strike of defeat, but the death of heart and soul.
shì a ! suǒyǐ fánshì yào kàndànxiē , xīn fàng kāi Yī diǎn , xiāngxìn yīqiè dōu huì mànmàn biànhǎo de , yě huì guòqù de .
Ah, yes! So everything we should see them lightly, release our hearts a bit and believe everything will gradually turn well, and also will pass eventually.
There is another internet witty saying about how should we deal some daunting life experience:
kuài lè cónglái bù shì yǒng héng , tòngkǔ yě zhǐ shì guòchéng , yǒu shéi néng jù jué chūntiān láilín , yǒu shéi néng yǒng yuǎn dōu zuò hǎo mèng , kuài lè zhǎngwò zài zìjǐ shǒu , shì yào zìjǐ qù zhǎo xún , kàndànyīqiè , shàndāizìjǐ !
Happiness is never eternal, and suffering also is just the process. No one can refuse the arrival of spring, and no one can forever dream good dreams. Happiness is held in one’s own hands, and it needs oneself to seek for it. Treat everything lightly and be kind to oneself !
Daniel Powter-Bad Day (lyrics)
Life is a journey – From the starting point to the finish line
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For lyrics, pinyin, and English of this beautiful song, see