I found a saying I like. And I found a variant on it I also like. But there is something disturbing about it: it is from a certain “Yuri Orlov”. I found out that this Orlov is the main character in ‘Lord of War’, a 2005 American film - I saw it, a really tough one about a man who deals with arms. The problem is that there is a famous real Yuri Orlov too, a scientist who received several prizes for fighting for human rights. It’s not clear why the filmmakers used his name…
There are two types of tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want, the other is getting it.
And the variant:
There are two tragedies in a meager life: one is not getting what you want, the other is getting what you don’t want.
悲剧 (bei1ju4) - tragedy
糊口 (hu2kou3 ) - it is translated as “hand-to-mouth”, to make a living (only enough) to feed the family
获得 (huo4de2) - to acquire, to obtain, to get, to achieve