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  1. Wisdom / Intelligence
  2. Inner Beauty / Inner Wisdom
  3. Intelligence / Intellect
  4. Wise and Virtuous
  5. The Saint
  6. Wisdom
  7. Tetsu / Wise Sage
  8. Wise Younger Brother
  9. Wisdom / Intelligence
10. Wisdom
11. Inner Light / Intelligence
12. Intelligence...
13. Wisdom / Intelligence
14. Power of Understanding and Wisdom
15. Wisdom / Brilliance
16. Wisdom
17. Learn from Wisdom
18. Wisdom comes from Experience
19. Military Intelligence
20. A Wise Man Changes His Mind
21. Each Time You Stumble and Fall,...
22. Experience is the Mother of Wisdom
23. Wisdom comes from Experience
24. Wisdom from Hard Knocks


Wisdom / Intelligence

China huì
Japan e / kei
Wisdom / Intelligence Wall Scroll

This single character can be translated as wisdom but it has more of an "intelligent" flavor. This can also mean cleverness or wit.

Japanese note: This is understood in Japanese but seldom seen as a lone Kanji.


See Also:  Knowledge | Learning | Read

Inner Beauty / Inner Wisdom

China nèi xiù
Inner Beauty / Inner Wisdom Wall Scroll

內秀 is an interesting word in Chinese that simultaneously means inner beauty and inner wisdom.

Some will translate it as "intelligent, but unassuming."
It's about having amazing abilities or traits on the inside which are not immediately obvious on the outside.

Intelligence / Intellect

China zhì néng
Japan chinou
Intelligence / Intellect Wall Scroll

These two characters mean intelligence or intelligent.

The first character means wisdom, intellect or knowledge.

The second means ability, talent, skill, capacity, capable, able, and can even mean competent.

Together, the compound word can mean "capacity for wisdom," "useful knowledge," or even "mental power." Obviously this translates more clearly into English as "intelligence."

Note: This is not the same word used to mean "military intelligence." See our other entry for that.


知In modern Japan, they tend to use a version of the first character without the bottom radical. If your audience for this artwork is Japanese, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.

Wise and Virtuous

China xián
Japan ken
Wise and Virtuous Wall Scroll

This character is used to refer to being a wise, trustworthy and virtuous person. But it also contains the ideas of intelligence, genius, scholarship, virtue, sage, saint, good, excellent in character.

This is used in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Also used in a Buddhist context with same meaning.

Note: Can also be male given name, Masaru, in Japanese.

The Saint

China shèng
Japan sei
The Saint Wall Scroll

聖 is the simple, single-character religious form of "saint" in Chinese (also holds same meaning in Japanese and Korean, though rarely used alone like this).

This can also mean: holy, sage, master, or priest.
Note: 聖 is often used in compound words (words of more than one character) to create further meanings. In compounds, it can mean holy, sacred or divine.

聖 is also used as the first word for Spanish and English place names such as "San Diego" and "St. Louis" in Chinese (not Japanese).

In Buddhist context, this can represent ārya or sādhu. And mean a sage; wise and good; upright, or correct in all his character; sacred, holy, or saintly.

Wisdom

China zhì
Japan chi / tomo
Wisdom Wall Scroll

智 is the simplest way to write wisdom in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
Being a single character, the wisdom meaning is open to interpretation, and can also mean intellect, knowledge or reason, resourcefulness, or wit.

智 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.

智 is sometimes included in the Bushido code but usually not considered part of the seven key concepts of the code.


See our Wisdom in Chinese, Japanese and Korean page for more wisdom-related calligraphy.


See Also:  Learn From Wisdom | Confucius

Tetsu / Wise Sage

China zhé
Japan tetsu
Tetsu / Wise Sage Wall Scroll

哲 is a Japanese name that is often romanized as Tetsu.

The meaning of the character can be: philosophy; wise; sage; wise man; philosopher; disciple; sagacity; wisdom; intelligence.

哲 can also be romanized as: Yutaka; Masaru; Hiroshi; Tooru; Tetsuji; Choru; Satoru; Satoshi; Akira; Aki.

Wise Younger Brother

China xián dì
Japan ken tei
Wise Younger Brother Wall Scroll

賢弟 is an honorific title for a little brother.

This can be translated as: worthy little brother; wise younger brother. This can also be a polite reference to another's younger brother, or to your junior or subordinate.

Wisdom / Intelligence

China xián míng
Japan ken mei
Wisdom / Intelligence Wall Scroll

This Japanese word refers to wisdom, intelligence, and prudence.

It was originally a Chinese word which refers to a wise person or enlightened ruler. It means wise and able, sagacious now in China.

Wisdom

China zhī huì
Japan chie
Wisdom Wall Scroll

The first Kanji represents "to know" or "to realize." Combined, these two Kanji mean "learn, know, and understand completely." Another way to translate this is "to know all things in their entirety."

Note: While vaguely understood in Chinese, this is only a real word in Japanese.


惠 Ancient Japanese/Korean version: This is also a word in old Korean Hanja, with a slight difference in the last character - if you want that version (which is also the ancient Japanese version) please click on the character to the right, instead of the button above.

Inner Light / Intelligence

China xīn dēng
Japan shin tou
Inner Light / Intelligence Wall Scroll

心燈 is the Buddhist concept of "The Lamp of the Mind" or "Inner Light."

It's kind of the Buddhist way to express intelligence.

Directly translated, this means, "heart light" or "heart lamp."
Note: In ancient China, the ideas of heart and mind are interchangeable.

Intelligence
Information-Gathering

China qíng bào
Japan jouhou
Intelligence / Information-Gathering Wall Scroll

If you are a government spy, engaged in business espionage, or in some military intelligence department, this is both the title of what you are doing and what you are collecting about your enemy.

It is suggestive by itself of military intelligence but applies to corporate intelligence if you are keeping an eye on your competition in business.

Wisdom / Intelligence

Japan chie
Wisdom / Intelligence Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means wisdom; wit; sagacity; sense; intelligence.

In Buddhist context, this is prajna (insight leading to enlightenment).

This can also be the Japanese female given name Norie.

Power of Understanding and Wisdom

China wù xìng
Japan gosei
Power of Understanding and Wisdom Wall Scroll

悟性 means the power of understanding and insight in Chinese.

It is often associated with Neo-Confucianism. In that regard, it means to realize, perceive, or have the perception of man's true nature. It can also mean to find your soul, the soul of others, or the soul of the world. Some will translate this simply as the state of being "savvy."

In Japanese, this is often translated as wisdom and understanding.

Wisdom / Brilliance

China cái zhì
Japan sai chi
Wisdom / Brilliance Wall Scroll

In Chinese, this means "ability and wisdom" or "ability and intelligence."
It can also be defined as brilliance, or genius.

In Japanese, it takes on a meaning more of "wit and intelligence."


才智Note that the ancient/traditional form is shown above. After WWII, in both Japan and China, the first character was simplified. If you want this reformed/simplified version, just click on the characters to the right, instead of the button above. This is a good choice if your audience is Japanese.

Wisdom

(All-Knowing)
China zhì huì
Japan chie
Wisdom Wall Scroll

The first character means, "wise" or "smart" and the second character means "intelligence."

I have also seen these two characters translated together as knowledge, sagacity, sense, and intelligence.

Note: 智慧 is used commonly in Chinese and is a less-common word in Japanese and Korean. If your audience is Japanese, I suggest our other Japanese wisdom option.


This means intellect or wisdom in Japanese too but is a more unusual way to write this word (though both versions are pronounced the same in Japanese).


See Also:  Learn From Wisdom

Learn from Wisdom

(When you see a wise person, try to be like them)
China jiàn xián sī qí
Learn from Wisdom Wall Scroll

When you meet a wise person, you should learn from them and be inspired to become as wise as they are.

This is a pretty long proverb in English but in Chinese it's only four characters.
However, in Chinese the deeper meaning often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.

In this case, you should seek wise people to learn from throughout your life...
Always try to learn enough to become equal to them. It also suggests that the process of learning and seeking wisdom is a non-ending cycle.


See Also:  Knowledge

Wisdom comes from Experience

China bù jīng yī shì
Wisdom comes from Experience Wall Scroll

This means, "You can't gain knowledge without practical experience."

This is the short form (first half) of a longer Chinese proverb. These 4 characters remind you that wisdom only comes from experience.

Military Intelligence

China jūn shì qíng bào
Japan gunji-jouhou
Military Intelligence Wall Scroll

軍事情報 is the full way to say "Military Intelligence."

The first two characters mean "military affairs."

The second two characters mean "intelligence" or "information-gathering."

If you work in the G2 section of your military unit, this is the wall scroll for you.


See Also:  Military

A Wise Man Changes His Mind (but a fool never will)

Japan kun shi hyou hen su
A Wise Man Changes His Mind (but a fool never will) Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb suggests that a wise man is willing to change his mind but a fool will stubbornly never change his.

The first word is 君子 (kunshi) man of virtue, person of high rank, wise man.

The second word is 豹変 (hyouhen) sudden change, complete change.

The last part す (su) just modifies the verb to a more humble form.

The "fool" part is merely implied or understood. So if wise and noble people are willing to change their minds, it automatically says that foolish people are the ones unwilling to change.

Each Time You Stumble and Fall,
You Gain Experience and Wisdom

China chī yí qiàn, zhǎng yí zhì
Each Time You Stumble and Fall, / You Gain Experience and Wisdom Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means:

"Fall into a moat and you will gain wisdom from the experience"

It really suggests that the failures, troubles, frustrations, and setbacks that you encounter in your life are actually helping you to find wisdom. Some would also translate this proverb as:

"Learn from your mistakes" or "Learn from your experience."

If you are studying Chinese, you will recognize the first character as "eat" but in this case, it means to "experience" (as used in this proverb, it is suggesting that you have fallen into a moat and/or had a hard time crossing it).
Literally translated character by character, this whole proverb is:

"Experience one moat, gain one wisdom/knowledge."

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used phrase.

Experience is the Mother of Wisdom

China jīng yàn shì zhì huì zhī mǔ
Experience is the Mother of Wisdom Wall Scroll

It's been said that wisdom comes from good judgment, and good judgment comes from experience, while experience comes from a series of times when you used bad judgment.

This Chinese proverb makes the simplest connection between experience and wisdom.


See Also:  Failure Is the Mother of Success | Wisdom | Learn From Wisdom

Wisdom comes from Experience

China bù jīng yī shì bù zhǎng yī zhì
Wisdom comes from Experience Wall Scroll

You can translate this Chinese proverb a couple of ways.
The first is: You cannot gain knowledge without practice.
The second, and perhaps more popular way is: Wisdom comes from experience.

It literally means if you are inattentive to your affairs or situations you encounter, you will not gain or grow any wisdom or intellect.

Wisdom from Hard Knocks

The school of hard knocks
China ái yī quán dé yī zhāo ái shí quán biàn zhū gě
Wisdom from Hard Knocks Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Receive on blow, [and one] learns a lesson; Receive ten blows, [and one] becomes a great Zhuge [Liang]. You must first understand that a man named Zhuge Liang was one of the great strategists and philosophers in Chinese history. He's known as a man of great wisdom.

Figuratively, this phrase means:
One can learn much from failure or "hard knocks."

Search for Intelligent in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Wisdom
Intelligence
e / keihuì / hui4 / hui
Inner Beauty
Inner Wisdom
內秀
内秀
nèi xiù / nei4 xiu4 / nei xiu / neixiu nei hsiu / neihsiu
Intelligence
Intellect
智能 / 知能
智能
chinou / chinozhì néng / zhi4 neng2 / zhi neng / zhineng chih neng / chihneng
Wise and Virtuous
kenxián / xian2 / xian hsien
The Saint
seishèng / sheng4 / sheng
Wisdom chi / tomozhì / zhi4 / zhi chih
Tetsu
Wise Sage
tetsuzhé / zhe2 / zhe che
Wise Younger Brother 賢弟
贤弟
ken tei / kenteixián dì / xian2 di4 / xian di / xiandi hsien ti / hsienti
Wisdom
Intelligence
賢明
贤明
ken mei / kenmeixián míng
xian2 ming2
xian ming
xianming
hsien ming
hsienming
Wisdom 知惠
知恵
chiezhī huì / zhi1 hui4 / zhi hui / zhihui chih hui / chihhui
Inner Light
Intelligence
心燈
心灯
shin tou / shintou / shin to / shintoxīn dēng / xin1 deng1 / xin deng / xindeng hsin teng / hsinteng
Intelligence
Information-Gathering
情報
情报
jouhou / johoqíng bào / qing2 bao4 / qing bao / qingbao ch`ing pao / chingpao / ching pao
Wisdom
Intelligence
智恵chie
Power of Understanding and Wisdom 悟性goseiwù xìng / wu4 xing4 / wu xing / wuxing wu hsing / wuhsing
Wisdom
Brilliance
纔智
才智
sai chi / saichicái zhì / cai2 zhi4 / cai zhi / caizhi ts`ai chih / tsaichih / tsai chih
Wisdom 智慧chiezhì huì / zhi4 hui4 / zhi hui / zhihui chih hui / chihhui
Learn from Wisdom 見賢思齊
见贤思齐
jiàn xián sī qí
jian4 xian2 si1 qi2
jian xian si qi
jianxiansiqi
chien hsien ssu ch`i
chienhsienssuchi
chien hsien ssu chi
Wisdom comes from Experience 不經一事
不经一事
bù jīng yī shì
bu4 jing1 yi1 shi4
bu jing yi shi
bujingyishi
pu ching i shih
puchingishih
Military Intelligence 軍事情報
军事情报
gunji-jouhou
gunji-joho
jūn shì qíng bào
jun1 shi4 qing2 bao4
jun shi qing bao
junshiqingbao
chün shih ch`ing pao
chünshihchingpao
chün shih ching pao
A Wise Man Changes His Mind (but a fool never will) 君子豹変すkun shi hyou hen su
kunshihyouhensu
kun shi hyo hen su
kunshihyohensu
Each Time You Stumble and Fall, You Gain Experience and Wisdom 吃一塹長一智
吃一堑长一智
chī yí qiàn, zhǎng yí zhì
chi1 yi2 qian4 zhang3 yi2 zhi4
chi yi qian zhang yi zhi
chiyiqianzhangyizhi
ch`ih i ch`ien chang i chih
chihichienchangichih
chih i chien chang i chih
Experience is the Mother of Wisdom 經驗是智慧之母
经验是智慧之母
jīng yàn shì zhì huì zhī mǔ
jing1 yan4 shi4 zhi4 hui4 zhi1 mu3
jing yan shi zhi hui zhi mu
jingyanshizhihuizhimu
ching yen shih chih hui chih mu
Wisdom comes from Experience 不經一事不長一智
不经一事不长一智
bù jīng yī shì bù zhǎng yī zhì
bu4 jing1 yi1 shi4 bu4 zhang3 yi1 zhi4
bu jing yi shi bu zhang yi zhi
bujingyishibuzhangyizhi
pu ching i shih pu chang i chih
puchingishihpuchangichih
Wisdom from Hard Knocks 挨一拳得一招挨十拳變諸葛
挨一拳得一招挨十拳变诸葛
ái yī quán dé yī zhāo ái shí quán biàn zhū gě
ai2 yi1 quan2 de2 yi1 zhao1 ai2 shi2 quan2 bian4 zhu1 ge3
ai yi quan de yi zhao ai shi quan bian zhu ge
ai i ch`üan te i chao ai shih ch`üan pien chu ko
ai i chüan te i chao ai shih chüan pien chu ko
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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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.

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