[Translation] Quotes from drama, Back In Time

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Happy Valentines, my lovely readers! Would like to share some quotes from one of the most beautiful drama I have watched. (And no, it’s not a BL even though the cover photo seems misleading.) It wasn’t the best drama but it was one that touched me deeply. Maybe not every love has a happy ending, but it is in the bittersweet that we grow.

A quick runthrough of the drama: (spoilers, highlight to read)

Back In Time covers a story of 5 friends from high school to university. Qiao Ran is the (perfect) second male lead who falls in love with Fang Hui but was late in confessing so she ended up together with his best friend, Chen Xun. The point of contention in this drama is that I felt that Chen Xun and Fang Hui didn’t actually like each other when they first got together. The most poignant part of this drama was that Chen Xun eventually betrayed Fang Hui and the drama had a terribly sad ending, which made me root for Qiao Ran even more.

Following are the quotes, they are really beautiful in mandarin and I’m sorry if my translation butchered it.

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再见,不是一句道别,而是一个承诺
Qiao Ran: ‘See you again’ is not a way of saying goodbye, it is a promise.

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毕业那天,你像往常一样跟我道别。多年以后,我才明白:那天与我道别的,是青春
Qiao Ran: On the day of graduation, you bid farewell to me as usual. I only understood many years later: that day, it was not you who bid farewell to me, it was youth.
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感情有很多种,对一个人好,不一定要和这个人在一起。因为你知道她最宝贵的是什么,你就是希望她幸福,哪怕这个幸福里,没有自己的位置。
Qiao Ran: There are many types of love. Being nice to a person doesn’t mean you have to be together with that person. Because you know what (s)he cherish most, you wish for her happiness… Even if there is no place for yourself in that happiness.
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誓言这种东西无法衡量坚贞,也不能判断对错,它只能证明,在说出来的那一刻,彼此曾经真诚过。
Fang Hui: There is no way to measure things like a promise. There are no wrongs or rights. The only thing it can prove is that, at that moment, we were once sincere.
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不是不重视,只是太在乎
Qiao Ran: It’s not that it is unimportant, it’s just that (I) care too much.
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我和她都是很极端的人,喜欢一个人,要么百分之百,要么百分之零
Qiao Ran: Me and her, we are both extremes. When we like a person, it’s either all or nothing.
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年轻的时候,我们对未知的事既好奇又害怕,想要接近又不敢触碰,往往在这困惑和犹豫里,错过了最真挚的时刻最美好的人。
Qiao Ran: When we were young, we were both curious and afraid of the future, we wanted to go near yet didn’t dare to touch it. Often, it is in this confusion and hesitation that we miss out on the most sincere moment and the most beautiful people.
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一个人离开另一个人就是因为不够爱.
Fang Hui: A person leave another because there is not enough love.
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不要道歉,因为一旦说了对不起,就代表一定有所亏欠。
Fang Hui: Do not apologise because saying sorry means that there is guilt.
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方茴:因为我不想那些温馨的画面 在日后变成伤感的回忆
Fang Hui: I don’t want to see those heartwarming moments change into sad memories in the future.
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我不怕被人骗。撒谎可以,但一定不要让我再知道真相。
Fang Hui: I’m not afraid of being lied to, but you must never let me know the truth.
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敢吵架的才是好朋友,吵不散的,才是真朋友。
Those who dare to quarrel are good friends, those who stick together after quarreling are true friends.
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乔燃:第一次心跳是什么感觉,爱情发生的时候是什么样子,16岁的我们还不懂爱的意义,但比任何时候都有勇气。
Qiao Ran: How did it feel when my heart first skipped a beat, what was it like when love happened? The 16-year-old us didn’t know the meaning of love but we were braver than any point of time.
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那如果,当初我像陈寻一样,把你的名字和我的写在黑板上,你会喜欢我吗?
Qiao Ran: If I had written my name on the blackboard like Chen Xun did at that time, would you like me?
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现在,请让我以朋友的名义,继续爱你。
Qiao Ran: Now, please let me continue to love you in the name of a friend.
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我根本没把这个当比赛,如果有一天我想跟你比,你未必赢得了我。
Qiao Ran (to Chen Xun): I never treated this as a competition, if one day I wanted to compete with you, you might not beat me.
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数学中最牢固的三角形状,在感情上恰恰是最脆弱的关系。
The firmest triangle structure in Math happens to be the weakest structure in relationships.
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乔燃喜欢方茴
Qiao Ran likes Fang Hui.
Hope you enjoyed the quotes. If anyone’s up for discussion of this drama, I would be more than glad to join 🙂
Edit: Once again, happy Valentines, my lovely readers. This post has been sitting in my drafts for over a year and I thought it would go pretty well with the Valentine theme, even though it is more towards the bittersweet side.

 

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