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Conquer / Conquest

China zhēng fú
Japan sei fuku
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<mark>Conquer</mark> / Conquest

This means conquer or conquest in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as vanquish, to conquer, to subdue, subjugation, overcoming, or, to strike.

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Overcoming Hardships
China kè fú
Japan koku fuku
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In Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja, this means "overcome" (as in overcome hardships, etc). It can also mean to conquer, to put up with, or to endure.
This can be a conquest over a problem, disease, handicap, poverty, or illness. Other definitions include overcoming, bringing under control, subjugation, or victory over something.

This can be used as an inspirational wall scroll to remind someone to try to overcome difficulties that may arise in life.

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33

China zhī rén zhě zhī yě zì zhī zhě míng yě shèng rén zhě yǒu lì yě zì shèng zhě qiáng yě zhī zú zhě fù yě qiáng xíng zhě yǒu zhì yě bù zhī qí suǒ zhě jiǔ yě sǐ ér bù wáng zhě shòu yě
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Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33

This is referred to as passage or chapter 33 of the Dao De Jing (often Romanized as "Tao Te Ching"). These are the words of the philosopher Laozi (Lao Tzu).

The following is one translation of this passage:
To know others is wisdom;
To know oneself is acuity/intelligence.
To conquer others is power,
To conquer oneself is strength.
To know contentment is to have wealth.
To act resolutely is to have purpose.
To stay one's ground is to be enduring.
To die and yet not be forgotten is to be long-lived.

Another translation:
To understand others is to be knowledgeable;
To understand yourself is to be wise.
To conquer others is to have strength;
To conquer yourself is to be strong.
To know when you have enough is to be rich.
To go forward with strength is to have ambition.
To not lose your place is to be long lasting.
To die but not be forgotten -- that's true long life.

A third translation of the second half:
He who is content is rich;
He who acts with persistence has will;
He who does not lose his roots will endure;
He who dies physically, but preserves the Dao will enjoy a long after-life.


During our research, the Chinese characters shown here are probably the most accurate to the original text of Laozi. These were taken for the most part from the Mawangdui 1973 and Guodan 1993 manuscripts which pre-date other Daodejing texts by about 1000 years.

Grammar was a little different in Laozi's time. So you should consider this to be the ancient Chinese version. Some have modernized this passage by adding, removing, or swapping articles and changing the grammar (we felt the oldest and most original version would be more desirable). You may find other versions printed in books or online - sometimes these modern texts are simply used to explain to Chinese people what the original text really means.

This language issue can be compared in English by thinking how the King James (known as the Authorized version in Great Britain) Bible from 1611 was written, and comparing it to modern English. Now imagine that the Daodejing was probably written around 403 BCE (2000 years before the King James Version of the Bible). To a Chinese person, the original Daodejing reads like text that is 3 times more detached compared to Shakespeare's English is to our modern-day speech.

Extended notes:

While on this Biblical text comparison, it should be noted, that just like the Bible, all the original texts of the Daodejing were lost or destroyed long ago. Just as with the scripture used to create the Bible, various manuscripts exist, many with variations or copyist errors. Just as the earliest New Testament scripture (incomplete) is from 170 years after Christ, the earliest Daodejing manuscript (incomplete) is from 100-200 years after the death of Laozi.

The reason that the originals were lost probably has a lot to do with the first Qin Emperor. Upon taking power and unifying China, he ordered the burning and destruction of all books (scrolls/rolls) except those pertaining to Chinese medicine and a few other subjects. The surviving Daodejing manuscripts were either hidden on purpose or simply forgotten about. Some were not unearthed until as late as 1993.

We compared a lot of research by various archeologists and historians before deciding on this as the most accurate and correct version. But one must allow that it may not be perfect, or the actual and original as from the hand of Laozi himself.

Flexibility Overcomes Strength

Softness Overcomes Hardness
China yǐ róu kè gāng
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Flexibility Overcomes Strength

This can be translated as "Softness Overcomes Hardness", "Flexibility Overcomes Power", "Flexibility Overcomes Strength", "Overcoming Powerful Strength with Flexibility", or "Use Softness to Conquer Strength".

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征く Japanese yuku ゆく
Japanese (Godan verb with "ku" ending) to conquer; to subjugate

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征服 Mandarin zhēng fú / zheng1 fu2
Taiwan cheng fu
Japanese seibuku せいふく
Chinese to conquer; to subdue; to vanquish
Japanese (noun/participle) conquest; subjugation; overcoming
to strike
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力征 Mandarin lì zhēng / li4 zheng1
Taiwan li cheng
Chinese by force; to conquer by force of arms; power

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克服 Mandarin kè fú / ke4 fu2
Taiwan k`o fu / ko fu
Japanese kokufuku こくふく
Chinese (try to) overcome (hardships etc); to conquer; to put up with; to endure
Japanese (noun/participle) conquest (problem, disease, handicap, etc. e.g. poverty, illness); overcoming; bringing under control; subjugation; victory over
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摧破 Mandarin cuī pò / cui1 po4
Taiwan ts`ui p`o / tsui po
Japanese zaiha
to conquer

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Mandarin gōng miè / gong1 mie4
Taiwan kung mieh
Chinese to conquer; to defeat (militarily)

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打下 Mandarin dǎ xià / da3 xia4
Taiwan ta hsia
Japanese uchioroshi うちおろし
Chinese to lay (a foundation); to conquer (a city etc); to shoot down (a bird etc)
Japanese (place-name) Uchioroshi

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征する Japanese seisuru / sesuru せいする
Japanese (vs-s,vt) to conquer; to subjugate; to overcome

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打勝つ Japanese uchikatsu うちかつ
Japanese (v5t,vi) (1) to conquer (e.g. an enemy); to defeat; (2) to overcome (a difficulty); (3) to out-hit

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靡かす Japanese nabikasu なびかす
Japanese (v5s,vt) to seduce; to win over; to conquer

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Mandarin rén dìng shèng tiān / ren2 ding4 sheng4 tian1
Taiwan jen ting sheng t`ien / jen ting sheng tien
Chinese man can conquer nature (idiom); human wisdom can prevail over nature

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Mandarin yǐ róu kè gāng / yi3 rou2 ke4 gang1
Taiwan i jou k`o kang / i jou ko kang
Chinese to use softness to conquer strength (idiom)
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假道伐虢 Mandarin jiǎ dào fá guó / jia3 dao4 fa2 guo2
Taiwan chia tao fa kuo
Chinese to obtain safe passage to conquer the State of Guo; to borrow the resources of an ally to attack a common enemy (idiom)

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Mandarin huà zhěng wéi líng / hua4 zheng3 wei2 ling2
Taiwan hua cheng wei ling
Chinese to break up the whole into pieces (idiom); dealing with things one by one; divide and conquer

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分而治之 Mandarin fēn ér zhì zhī / fen1 er2 zhi4 zhi1
Taiwan fen erh chih chih
Chinese divide and rule (strategy); divide and conquer

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打ち勝つ Japanese uchikatsu うちかつ
Japanese (v5t,vi) (1) to conquer (e.g. an enemy); to defeat; (2) to overcome (a difficulty); (3) to out-hit

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Mandarin wú jiān bù cuī / wu2 jian1 bu4 cui1
Taiwan wu chien pu ts`ui / wu chien pu tsui
Chinese no stronghold one cannot overcome (idiom); to conquer every obstacle; nothing one can't do; to carry everything before one

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遠交近攻 Japanese enkoukinkou / enkokinko えんこうきんこう
Japanese (yoji) policy of cultivating distant countries while working to conquer those nearby

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降妖伏磨 Mandarin xiáng yāo fú mó / xiang2 yao1 fu2 mo2
Taiwan hsiang yao fu mo
Chinese to conquer all kinds of demons

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Conquer / Conquest征服
sei fuku
zhēng fú
zheng fu
cheng fu
zheng1 fu2
克服 / 剋服
koku fuku
kè fú
ke fu
k`o fu
ke4 fu2
ko fu
Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33知人者知也自知者明也胜人者有力也自胜者强也知足者富也强行者有志也不失其所者久也死而不亡者寿也
n/azhī rén zhě zhī yě zì zhī zhě míng yě shèng rén zhě yǒu lì yě zì shèng zhě qiáng yě zhī zú zhě fù yě qiáng xíng zhě yǒu zhì yě bù zhī qí suǒ zhě jiǔ yě sǐ ér bù wáng zhě shòu yě
zhi ren zhe zhi ye zi zhi zhe ming ye sheng ren zhe you li ye zi sheng zhe qiang ye zhi zu zhe fu ye qiang xing zhe you zhi ye bu zhi qi suo zhe jiu ye si er bu wang zhe shou ye
chih jen che chih yeh tzu chih che ming yeh sheng jen che yu li yeh tzu sheng che ch`iang yeh chih tsu che fu yeh ch`iang hsing che yu chih yeh pu chih ch`i so che chiu yeh ssu erh pu wang che shou yeh
zhi1 ren2 zhe3 zhi1 ye3 zi4 zhi1 zhe3 ming2 ye3 sheng4 ren2 zhe3 you3 li4 ye3 zi4 sheng4 zhe3 qiang2 ye3 zhi1 zu2 zhe3 fu4 ye3 qiang2 xing2 zhe3 you3 zhi4 ye3 bu4 zhi1 qi2 suo3 zhe3 jiu3 ye3 si3 er2 bu4 wang2 zhe3 shou4 ye3
chih jen che chih yeh tzu chih che ming yeh sheng jen che yu li yeh tzu sheng che chiang yeh chih tsu che fu yeh chiang hsing che yu chih yeh pu chih chi so che chiu yeh ssu erh pu wang che shou yeh
Flexibility Overcomes Strength以柔克刚
n/ayǐ róu kè gāng
yi rou ke gang
i jou k`o kang
yi3 rou2 ke4 gang1
i jou ko kang

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