But if you try sometime

求不得苦
gu.fu.toku.ku

Literally: want – not – get – suffering

Alternately: The pain that comes from not getting what you want. This is the seventh of the “eight sufferings” of 四苦八苦.

Notes: Despite being part of the same set as our previous “suffering” entries, this one appears in fewer dictionaries and seems more obscure in general. This one (also) comes to us from the Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra, a.k.a. the Nirvana Sutra, Japanese 『大般涅槃経』= Daihatsunehangyou.

GuFuTokuKuWataru

“I want to cross during the red liiiiiiiiight~!” [source]

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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