Journey in Life: 04/03/17

Monday, April 3, 2017

"The Midas touch" nghĩa là gì?

Midnight in Paris, Pont Gargliano. The city and tower lights reflected off the moist atmoshpere rendering everything with a Midas touch. Photo courtesy atl10trader.

'The Midas touch': theo truyện cổ tích, Midas là vua của Phrygia - người chạm vào bất kỳ thứ gì đều biến thứ đó thành vàng -> cụm từ này nghĩa là khả năng làm ra tiền từ bất kỳ việc gì đảm nhận (the ability to make money out of anything that you undertake).

Ví dụ
On top of her own ventures, the former beauty queen is highly sought-after by many Aussie brands. They consider her to have the Midas touch, with her endorsement the seal of approval to many Aussies.

Asghar Stanikzai, the Afghanistan captain, then gave the ball to Rashid - the man with the Midas touch. The 18-year-old ushered in his well disguised googly to castle Wilson. Dawlat Zadran, the seamer, backed him up by administering the coup de grace to dismiss Thompson in the 45th over.

Croesus’ huge wealth is said to have come from the sands of the River Pactolus, where the legendary King Midas washed his hands to rid himself of the ‘Midas Touch’, which turned everything he laid hands on into gold. According to the legend this turned the sands of the river rich with gold. It was Croesus who financed the building of the great Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, one of The Seven Wonders of the ancient world. So, he was not short of a few bob.

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Bài trước: Henpeck nghĩa là gì?

"Call no man happy till he dies" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Jonathan Kos-Read.

'Call no man happy till he dies' nghĩa là bạn không thể biết cuộc sống một người nào là hạnh phúc trọn vẹn trừ khi cho tới khi người ấy đã mất, dù hiện tại anh ta có hạnh phúc bao nhiêu, thì rủi ro/bất hạnh vẫn có thể xảy ra bất kỳ lúc nào (you cannot tell if a person's life has been happy on the whole until that person's life is over; no matter how happy someone is now, something bad may happen to destroy his or her happiness).

Ví dụ
“Call no man happy till he is dead,” said Greek playwright Aeschylus. Two-and-a-half millennia on, who would deny that our world is still no place for the sensitive of soul?

The film's three minute trailer opens with the quote, 'Call no man happy till he is dead.' In the film Ryan plays practical jokes on his unsuspecting friends and during the trailer Ryan's character says: "Being dead is the best thing that ever happened to me. Ever.'

If you are only looking at assets and debts you are essentially looking at the Balance Sheet of an individual. Just as in business, this is useful but incomplete. To understand how well an enterprise or individual is doing, you have to also know the Income Statement as well. The question of who is "better off" is analagous to the wisdom of Solon's observation that we can call no man happy till he is dead.

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