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  1. I’d Rather Be With You
  2. Better to Choose Nothing, Rather than Make a Poor Choice
  3. A Deliberate Inaction...
  4. Inaki
  5. Be Master of Mind, Not Mastered by Mind
  6. Live Free or Die
  7. Curious / Inquisitive
  8. Inner Beauty / Beauty of Spirit
  9. Milano


I’d Rather Be With You

China wǒ zhǐ yuàn hé nǐ zài yī qǐ
I’d Rather Be With You Wall Scroll

我隻願和你在一起 is a Chinese phrase that is the rough equivalent to, "You are the one I want to be with," or "I only wish to be with you."

Better to Choose Nothing, Rather than Make a Poor Choice

China nìng quē wú làn
Better to Choose Nothing, Rather than Make a Poor Choice Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb can be translated as, "Better to have nothing (than substandard choice)."

It basically suggests that one should prefer to go without something rather than accept a shoddy option.


See Also:  A Deliberate Inaction Is Better Than a Blind Action

A Deliberate Inaction
Is Better Than A Blind Action

China yí dòng bù rú yí jìng
A Deliberate Inaction / Is Better Than A Blind Action Wall Scroll

Sometimes this is translated by others as "Look before you leap" but the more accurate and direct translation is the one I used in the title.

While somewhat military in its origin, this proverb can apply to any situation where a decision needs to be made, but perhaps there are still some "unknowns."

This phrase suggests that in our "action based" world, sometimes the "smarter move" is "no move at all."


See Also:  Better to Choose Nothing Rather Than Make a Poor Choice

Inaki

China yīn yà jí
Inaki Wall Scroll

因亞吉 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Iñaki

Be Master of Mind, Not Mastered by Mind

China yuàn zuò xīn shī bù shī yú xīn
Be Master of Mind, Not Mastered by Mind Wall Scroll

願作心師不師於心 is, "Be master of mind, rather than mastered by mind," in Chinese.

願作心師不師於心 is not an ancient Chinese phrase but rather something we added at the request of a customer.

Live Free or Die

Give me liberty or give me death
China bú zì yóu wú nìng sǐ
Live Free or Die Wall Scroll

不自由毋寧死 means, "Give me liberty or give me death," in Chinese.

不自由毋寧死 is also the best way to say, "Live free or die."

The characters break down this way:
不 = Not; none; without.
自由 = Freedom; liberty; freewill; self-determination.
毋寧 = Rather; would rather; rather be.
死 = Dead; death.

This will go nicely next to your, "Don't tread on me," flag. This phrase is known well enough in China that it's listed in a few dictionaries. Though I doubt you will find too many Chinese citizens willing to yell this on the steps of the capital in Beijing.


See Also:  Death Before Dishonor

Curious / Inquisitive

China hào qí
Japan kouki
Curious / Inquisitive Wall Scroll

好奇 means curiosity or inquisitive in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It is a rather positive word in all three languages - though not as commonly used in Japanese.

Inner Beauty / Beauty of Spirit

China nèi zài měi
Inner Beauty / Beauty of Spirit Wall Scroll

This three-character title speaks of beauty on the inside. It's not about outward or physical beauty but rather the inner beauty possessed by someone. This can also be translated as "beauty of spirit."

Inner Beauty / Beauty of Spirit

Japan nai men bi
Inner Beauty / Beauty of Spirit Wall Scroll

This three-character title speaks of beauty on the inside. It's not about outward or physical beauty but rather the inner beauty possessed by someone. This can also be translated as "beauty of spirit."

Milano

Japan mirano
Milano Wall Scroll

ミラノ is the Japanese Katakana (phonetic Japanese) for the name and city, Milano.

This version is more the Italian pronunciation with the "o" rather than just the English Milan.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.




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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
I’d Rather Be With You 我隻願和你在一起
我只愿和你在一起
wǒ zhǐ yuàn hé nǐ zài yī qǐ
wo3 zhi3 yuan4 he2 ni3 zai4 yi1 qi3
wo zhi yuan he ni zai yi qi
wozhiyuanhenizaiyiqi
wo chih yüan ho ni tsai i ch`i
wochihyüanhonitsaiichi
wo chih yüan ho ni tsai i chi
Better to Choose Nothing, Rather than Make a Poor Choice 寧缺毋濫
宁缺毋滥
nìng quē wú làn
ning4 que1 wu2 lan4
ning que wu lan
ningquewulan
ning ch`üeh wu lan
ningchüehwulan
ning chüeh wu lan
A Deliberate Inaction
Is Better Than A Blind Action
一動不如一靜
一动不如一静
yí dòng bù rú yí jìng
yi2 dong4 bu4 ru2 yi2 jing4
yi dong bu ru yi jing
yidongburuyijing
i tung pu ju i ching
itungpujuiching
Inaki 因亞吉
因亚吉
yīn yà jí
yin1 ya4 ji2
yin ya ji
yinyaji
yin ya chi
yinyachi
Be Master of Mind, Not Mastered by Mind 願作心師不師於心
愿作心师不师于心
yuàn zuò xīn shī bù shī yú xīn
yuan4 zuo4 xin1 shi1 bu4 shi1 yu2 xin1
yuan zuo xin shi bu shi yu xin
yuanzuoxinshibushiyuxin
yüan tso hsin shih pu shih yü hsin
Live Free or Die 不自由毋寧死
不自由毋宁死
bú zì yóu wú nìng sǐ
bu2 zi4 you2 wu2 ning4 si3
bu zi you wu ning si
buziyouwuningsi
pu tzu yu wu ning ssu
putzuyuwuningssu
Curious
Inquisitive
好奇kouki / kokihào qí / hao4 qi2 / hao qi / haoqi hao ch`i / haochi / hao chi
Inner Beauty
Beauty of Spirit
內在美
内在美
nèi zài měi
nei4 zai4 mei3
nei zai mei
neizaimei
nei tsai mei
neitsaimei
Inner Beauty
Beauty of Spirit
内面美nai men bi / naimenbi
Milano ミラノmirano
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.

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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.

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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.