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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
Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Wall Scroll

知人者知也自知者明也勝人者有力也自勝者強也知足者富也強行者有志也不失其所者久也死而不亡者壽也 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.


Notes:

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.


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Japanese tei / te てい
 tai たい
 karada からだ
Japanese appearance; air; condition; state; form; (n,n-suf) (1) body; physique; posture; (2) shape; form; style; (3) substance; identity; reality; (4) (mathematics term) field; (counter) (5) counter for humanoid forms (e.g. dolls, statues, corpses, etc.); (n,n-suf) (6) typeface; type; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) body; (2) torso; trunk; (3) build; physique; constitution; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) health; (5) corpse; dead body
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Japanese futo ふと
Chinese highest; greatest; too (much); very; extremely
Japanese (n-pref,n) (1) fat; fatty; (prefix noun) (2) grand; magnificent; excellent; (personal name) Yutaka; (given name) Masaru; (given name) Futoru; (surname) Futori; (male given name) Futoshi; (given name) Hajime; (given name) Tooru; (surname) Tehe; (surname) Te; (given name) Dai; (surname) Tazaki; (surname) Tasaki; (personal name) Takuo; (personal name) Takashi; (personal name) Taisou; (surname, given name) Tai; (surname) Oo
very, great.
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Mandarin dào / dao4
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Japanese michi みち
 dou / do どう
 ji
 chi
Chinese road; path; CL:條|条[tiao2],股[gu3]; principle; truth; morality; reason; skill; method; Dao (of Daoism); to say; to speak; to talk; classifier for long thin things (rivers, cracks etc), barriers (walls, doors etc), questions (in an exam etc), commands, courses in a meal, steps in a process; (old) administrative division (similar to province in Tang times)
Japanese (1) road; street; way; path; course; route; lane; (2) distance; ways (e.g. "a long ways"); (3) the way (of proper conduct, etc.); one's way; morals; (4) teachings (esp. Confucian or Buddhist); dogma; (5) field (of medicine, etc.); subject; (6) way; method; means; (1) (abbreviation) road; (2) way; (3) Buddhist teachings; (4) Taoism; (5) modern administrative region of Japan (Hokkaido); (6) historical administrative region of Japan (Tokaido, Tosando, etc.); (7) province (Tang-era administrative region of China); (8) province (modern administrative region of Korea); (1) (archaism) way; road; (suffix noun) (2) way to ...; road to ...; (personal name) Wataru; (given name) Motoi; (personal name) Michihiro; (surname) Michizaki; (surname, female given name) Michi; (given name) Makoto; (female given name) Fumi; (given name) Naoshi; (surname) Douzaki; (surname) Dou; (female given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (female given name) Tao; (personal name) Susumu; (given name) Osamu
mārga. A way, road; the right path; principle, Truth, Reason, Logos, Cosmic energy; to lead; to say. The way of transmigration by which one arrives at a good or bad existence; any of the six gati, or paths of destiny. The way of bodhi, or enlightenment leading to nirvāṇa through spiritual stages. Essential nirvāṇa, in which absolute freedom reigns. For the eightfold noble path v. 八聖道.; The two Ways: (1) (a) 無礙道 or 無間道 The open or unhindered way, or the way of removing all obstacles or intervention, i. e. all delusion; (b) 解脫道 the way of release, by realization of truth. (2) (a) 難行道 The hard way of "works", i. e. by the six pāramitā and the disciplines. (b) 易行道 the easy way salvation, by the invocation of Amitābha. (3) (a) 有漏道 The way of reincarnation or mortality; (b) 無漏 the enlightened way of escape from the miseries of transmigration. (4) (a) 教道 The way of instruction; (b) 證道 the way of realization. (5) The two lower excretory organs.
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四大

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Mandarin sì dà / si4 da4
Taiwan ssu ta
Japanese yondai よんだい
 shidai しだい
Chinese the four elements: earth, water, fire, and wind (Buddhism); the four freedoms: speaking out freely, airing views fully, holding great debates, and writing big-character posters, 大鳴大放|大鸣大放[da4 ming2 da4 fang4], 大辯論|大辩论[da4 bian4 lun4], 大字報|大字报[da4 zi4 bao4] (PRC)
Japanese university or college offering four-year programs; (1) (Buddhist term) the four elements (earth, water, fire, wind); (2) the human body; (3) Tao, heaven, earth and king
mahābhūta, 四界; 四大界. The four elements of which all things are made; or the four realms; i. e. earth, water, fire, and wind (or air); they represent 堅, 濕, 煖, and 動 solid, liquid, heat, and motion; motion produces and maintains life. As 實 active or formative forces they are styled 四界 (四大界) ; as 假 passive or material objects they are 四大; but the 成實論 Satyasiddhi śāstra disputes the 實 and recognizes only the 假; four great elements
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易經


易经

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Mandarin yì jīng / yi4 jing1
Taiwan i ching
Chinese The Book of Changes ("I Ching")
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觀世音


观世音

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Mandarin guān shì yīn / guan1 shi4 yin1
Taiwan kuan shih yin
Japanese kanzeon かんぜおん
Chinese Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Goddess of Mercy (Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara)
Japanese (out-dated kanji) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion
Regarder of the world's sounds, or cries, the so-called Goddess of Mercy; also known as 觀音; 觀世音善薩; 觀自在 (觀世自在); 觀尹; 光世音 (the last being the older form). Avalokiteśvara, v. 阿 8. Originally represented as a male, the images are now generally those of a female figure. The meaning of the term is in doubt; it is intp. as above, but the term 觀自在 (觀世自在) accords with the idea of Sovereign Regarder and is not associated with sounds or cries. Guanyin is one of the triad of Amida, is represented on his left, and is also represented as crowned with Amida; but there are as many as thirty-three different forms of Guanyin, sometimes with a bird, a vase, a willow wand, a pearl, a 'thousand' eyes and hands, etc., and, when as bestower of children, carrying a child. The island of Putuo (Potala) is the chief centre of Guanyin worship, where she is the protector of all in distress, especially of those who go to sea. There are many sūtras, etc., devoted to the cult, but its provenance and the date of its introduction to China are still in doubt. Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sūtra is devoted to Guanyin, and is the principal scripture of the cult; its date is uncertain. Guanyin is sometimes confounded with Amitābha and Maitreya. She is said to be the daughter of king Śubhavyūha 妙莊王, who had her killed by 'stifling because the sword of the executioner broke without hurting her. Her spirit went to hell; but hell changed into paradise. Yama sent her back to life to save his hell, when she was miraculously transported on a Lotus flower to the island of Poo-too'. Eitel; Avalokitêśvara
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Goddess of Mercy and Compassion

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Japanese te
Japanese (particle) (1) casual quoting particle; (2) indicates supposition; if ... then; (3) indicates a rhetorical question; (4) indicates certainty, insistence, etc.; (auxiliary) indicates continuing action

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Mandarin dīng / ding1
Taiwan ting
Japanese hinoto ひのと
 tei / te てい
 chou / cho ちょう
Chinese fourth of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; fourth in order; letter "D" or roman "IV" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; ancient Chinese compass point: 195°; butyl; cubes (of food); surname Ding
Japanese 4th in rank; fourth sign of the Chinese calendar; (1) 4th in rank; fourth sign of the Chinese calendar; (n,n-pref,n-suf) (2) (abbreviation) (obscure) Denmark; (counter) (1) counter for sheets, pages, leaves, etc.; (2) counter for blocks of tofu; counter for servings in a restaurant; (3) counter for long and narrow things such as guns, scissors, spades, hoes, inksticks, palanquins, candles, jinrikishas, shamisen, oars, etc.; (4) even number; (5) 109.09 m; (surname) Rei; (surname) Yoroi; (place-name) Yoro; (surname) Yoboro; (surname) Youro; (surname) Momoki; (surname, female given name) Hinoto; (personal name) Tou; (surname) Tei; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (surname) Chiyon; (surname) Choudei; (surname) Chou; (surname) Chiyun; (surname) Jiyon; (personal name) In; (personal name) Ataru

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Mandarin gān // qián / gan1 // qian2
Taiwan kan // ch`ien / kan // chien
Japanese hoshi ほし
 ken けん
 inui いぬい
Chinese dry; clean; in vain; dried food; foster; adoptive; to ignore; surname Gan; one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing heaven; male principle; ☰; ancient Chinese compass point: 315° (northwest); surname Qian
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (n,n-pref) drying; dried; qian (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: heaven, northwest); (archaism) northwest; (surname) Nukui; (male given name) Tsutomu; (personal name) Takeshi; (given name) Susumu; (surname, given name) Ken; (surname, given name) Kan; (surname) Kawaki; (surname) Kawai; (surname) Inute; (surname, female given name) Inui
Dry, dried up, clean; heaven, male, masculine, enduring, continual. Translit. gan and h.

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Mandarin tíng / ting2
Taiwan t`ing / ting
Japanese tei / te てい
 chin ちん
Chinese pavilion; booth; kiosk; erect
Japanese (1) arbor; arbour; bower; pavilion; (suffix) (2) suffix forming the final part of the pseudonyms of some writers and performers; (3) suffix forming the final part of the name of a restaurant; arbor; arbour; bower; pavilion; (surname) Tei; (given name) Takashi

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Mandarin zhēn / zhen1
Taiwan chen
Japanese tei / te てい
 sadayuki さだゆき
 sadanori さだのり
 sadatsugu さだつぐ
 sadazumi さだずみ
 sadaji さだじ
 sada さだ
Chinese to scout; to spy; to detect
Japanese (given name) Tei; (personal name) Sada

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Mandarin juàn // juǎn / juan4 // juan3
Taiwan chüan
Japanese kan
Chinese scroll; book; volume; chapter; examination paper; classifier for books, paintings: volume, scroll; to roll up; roll; classifier for small rolled things (wad of paper money, movie reel etc)
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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese hitsujisaru ひつじさる
 kon こん
Chinese one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing earth; female principle; ☷; ancient Chinese compass point: 225° (southwest)
Japanese (archaism) southwest; kun (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: earth, southwest); (given name) Mamoru
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Mandarin kǎn / kan3
Taiwan k`an / kan
Japanese kan かん
Chinese pit; threshold; one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing water; ☵
Japanese (1) (archaism) pit; hole; (2) kan (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: water, north); (surname) Kita

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Mandarin qiǎ / qia3
Taiwan ch`ia / chia
Japanese touge / toge とうげ
Chinese mountain pass (Japanese kokuji)
Japanese (n,n-suf) ridge; (mountain) pass; difficult part; (surname) Dougesaki; (surname) Tooge; (place-name, surname) Touge; (personal name) Tawatou; (personal name) Tawa; (surname) Taoge; (surname) Tao; (surname) Tauge

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Mandarin xùn / xun4
Taiwan hsün
Japanese tatsumi たつみ
 son そん
Chinese to obey; one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing wood and wind; ☴; ancient Chinese compass point: 135° (southeast)
Japanese southeast; xun (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: wind, southeast); (given name) Yuzuru; (surname, female given name) Tatsumi; (surname) Takumi; (surname) Sen; (surname) Suburu

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Mandarin dǐ // de / di3 // de5
Taiwan ti // te
Japanese tei / te てい
 soko そこ
Chinese background; bottom; base; end (of the month, year etc); remnants; (math.) radix; base; (equivalent to 的 as possessive particle)
Japanese (1) base (logarithmic, exponential, number system); radix; (2) base (triangle, cone, cylinder, etc.); (3) (archaism) type; kind; extent; degree; bottom; sole; (surname) Soko
Bottom, basis; translit. t, d, dh.

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Taiwan t`ing / ting
Japanese nobe のべ
 tei / te てい
 tadasu ただす
Chinese palace courtyard
Japanese (surname) Nobe; (surname) Tei; (given name) Tadasu

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Mandarin tì // dì / ti4 // di4
Taiwan t`i // ti / ti // ti
Japanese tei / te てい
 otouto / ototo おとと
 oto おとうと
Chinese variant of 悌[ti4]; younger brother; junior male; I (modest word in letter)
Japanese (1) (humble language) younger brother; little brother; kid brother; (2) (archaism) pupil; apprentice; (humble language) younger brother; little brother; kid brother; (given name) Tei
Younger brother.

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Mandarin yǐn / yin3
Taiwan yin
Japanese hiki ひき
Chinese to draw (e.g. a bow); to pull; to stretch something; to extend; to lengthen; to involve or implicate in; to attract; to lead; to guide; to leave; to provide evidence or justification for; old unit of distance equal to 10 丈[zhang4], one-thirtieth of a km or 33.33 meters
Japanese (surname) Hiki
To stretch, draw, lead, bring in or on.

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Mandarin fèn // fēn / fen4 // fen1
Taiwan fen
Japanese bun ぶん
 bu
 fun ふん
Chinese part; share; ingredient; component; to divide; to separate; to distribute; to allocate; to distinguish (good and bad); part or subdivision; fraction; one tenth (of certain units); unit of length equivalent to 0.33 cm; minute; a point (in sports or games); 0.01 yuan (unit of money)
Japanese (n,n-suf,pref) (1) part; segment; share; ration; (2) rate; (3) degree; one's lot; one's status; relation; duty; kind; lot; (4) in proportion to; just as much as; (numeric) (1) one-tenth; one percent (one-tenth of a wari); 3 mm (one-tenth of a sun); 2.4 mm (one-tenth of a mon, a traditional unit used to measure shoe sizes); 0.1 degree (one-tenth of a do, used to measure body temperature on any temperature scale); (2) one-quarter of a ryou (obsolete unit of currency); (3) thickness; (4) advantageous circumstances; (5) one-tenth of a monme of silver; (1) minute; (2) fun (one tenth of a monme, 5.787 grains); (surname) Wake
To divide. separate; a fractional part: a share: a duty; branch

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Mandarin pǐn / pin3
Taiwan p`in / pin
Japanese hon ほん
 shina ひん
Chinese article; commodity; product; goods; kind; grade; rank; character; disposition; nature; temperament; variety; to taste something; to sample; to criticize; to comment; to judge; to size up
Japanese (1) court rank; (suffix) (2) (Buddhist term) level; grade; (3) (Buddhist term) chapter; section; volume; (1) elegance; grace; refinement; class; dignity; (suffix) (2) article; item; (suf,ctr) (3) counter for items (of food, etc.); counter for dishes or courses (at a restaurant); (1) article; item; thing; goods; stock; (2) quality; (3) (kana only) flirtatiousness; coquetry; (surname) Shina
varga, 跋渠 class, series, rank, character; a chapter of a sutra; type

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Mandarin duì / dui4
Taiwan tui
Japanese da
Chinese to cash; to exchange; to add (liquid); to blend; one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing swamp; ☱; surname Dui
Japanese dui (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: swamp, west); (given name) Tooru

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Mandarin huí / hui2
Taiwan hui
Japanese kai かい
Chinese to circle; to go back; to turn around; to answer; to return; to revolve; Hui ethnic group (Chinese Muslims); time; classifier for acts of a play; section or chapter (of a classic book)
Japanese (counter) (1) counter for occurrences; (2) counter for games, rounds, etc.; counter for innings (baseball); (n,n-pref) (3) Islam; (4) (abbreviation) Hui (people); (surname) Meguri; (surname) Mawari; (surname) Magari; (surname) Kizahashi
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Taiwan t`i / ti
Japanese tei / te てい
Chinese to do one's duty as a younger brother
Japanese (1) respect for one's elders; (2) harmony among siblings; (given name) Yasushi; (personal name) Tomo; (personal name) Teiji; (female given name) Tei; (personal name) Dai; (given name) Sunao
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Taiwan t`ai / tai
Japanese nari なり
 tei / te てい
 tai たい
 zama ざま
Chinese (bound form); appearance; shape; form; state; attitude; (grammar) voice
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (kana only) style; way; shape; form; appearance; state; appearance; air; condition; state; form; (n,n-suf) (1) condition; figure; appearance; (2) (linguistics terminology) voice; (1) (derogatory term) (kana only) mess; sorry state; plight; sad sight; (suffix) (2) -ways; -wards; (3) in the act of ...; just as one is ...; (4) manner of ...; way of ...
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Mandarin shǒu / shou3
Taiwan shou
Japanese te
Chinese hand; (formal) to hold; person engaged in certain types of work; person skilled in certain types of work; personal(ly); convenient; classifier for skill; CL:雙|双[shuang1],隻|只[zhi1]
Japanese (1) hand; arm; (2) (colloquialism) forepaw; foreleg; (3) handle; (4) hand; worker; help; (5) trouble; care; effort; (6) means; way; trick; move; technique; workmanship; (7) hand; handwriting; (8) kind; type; sort; (9) one's hands; one's possession; (10) ability to cope; (11) hand (of cards); (12) direction; (n,n-suf,ctr) (13) move (in go, shogi, etc.); (surname) Tezaki; (surname) Tesaki; (place-name) Te; (personal name) Tasome; (surname) Takade
pāṇī; hasta; kara; hand, arm.

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Mandarin cáo / cao2
Taiwan ts`ao / tsao
Japanese tsukasa つかさ
 tsuao つあお
 chou / cho ちょう
 tao たお
 sou / so そう
 so
Chinese class or grade; generation; plaintiff and defendant (old); government department (old); surname Cao; Zhou Dynasty vassal state
Japanese (surname) Tsukasa; (personal name) Tsuao; (surname) Chou; (surname) Tao; (surname) So
Company, class; used as the plural of pronouns, etc.

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Taiwan chen
Japanese tei / te てい
 tadashi ただし
 sadayuki さだゆき
 sadamu さだむ
 sadanori さだのり
 sadatsugu さだつぐ
 sadazumi さだずみ
 sadaji さだじ
 sada さだ
Chinese auspicious; lucky
Japanese (surname, given name) Tei; (given name) Tadashi; (personal name) Sadayuki; (given name) Sadamu; (personal name) Sadanori; (personal name) Sadatsugu; (personal name) Sadazumi; (personal name) Sadaji; (surname, given name) Sada

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Daodejing
Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33
知人者知也自知者明也勝人者有力也自勝者強也知足者富也強行者有志也不失其所者久也死而不亡者壽也
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
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
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
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
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
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

Anurag
Crane
Deanna
Discipline
Double Happiness
Dragon
Endurance
Family
Fearless
Fighter
Fighting Spirit
Guardian
Happiness
Hector
Honesty
Honor
Hope
Imagination
Indomitable Spirit
Josh
Joshua
Kaizen
Karma
Leonardo
Love
Luis
Luke
Maggie
Moral and Virtuous
Nelly
Never
Never Give Up
Nick
Nikki
Peaceful Warrior
Protector
Qi Gong
Raymond
Respect
Riley
Silvia
Sword
Tami
Tina
Tracy
Trust
Warrior
Water Tiger

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

Some people may refer to this entry as Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Kanji, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Characters, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 in Mandarin Chinese, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Characters, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 in Chinese Writing, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 in Japanese Writing, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 in Asian Writing, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Ideograms, Chinese Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 symbols, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Hieroglyphics, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Glyphs, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 in Chinese Letters, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Hanzi, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 in Japanese Kanji, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Pictograms, Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 in the Chinese Written-Language, or Daodejing Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 in the Japanese Written-Language.