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No Pain No Gain

Literally: No Pain, No Strength
China bú tòng bù qiáng
No Pain No Gain Wall Scroll

This proverb is close to our idea of "no pain, no gain" in English. It holds this meaning in the context of working out at the gym etc.

This literally means, "no pain, no strength," meaning that if you don't experience a little pain, you will not gain any strength.

No Pain No Gain

Japan itami naku shite erumono wa nashi
No Pain No Gain Wall Scroll

This Japanese phrase means "no pain, no gain."

Literally, this suggests that with pain, a gain must follow.

The pain Kanji here can also be translated as sorrow or suffering. The gain can also mean profit, advantage, or benefit. In Japanese Buddhist context, that gain Kanji can mean rebirth in paradise, entering nirvana.

The character break down:
痛みなく (itami naku) pain; ache; sore; grief; distress. The naku part adds a meaning of "a lot of" or "extended"
して (shite) and then. (indicates a causative expression; acts as a connective particle)
得る (eru) to get; to acquire; to obtain; to procure; to earn; to win; to gain; to secure; to attain.
もの (mono) conjunctive particle indicating a cause or reason.
なし (nashi) none of; -less; without; no.


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Without a big net, how can you catch fish?

China bù sā dà wǎng bù dé dà yú
Without a big net, how can you catch fish? Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [if one does] not cast a big net, [one can] not get big fish.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot make great accomplishments without making great efforts or taking great pains.

This is sort of the fishing version of, "No pain, no gain."

There is no pleasure without pain

No pain, no gain
Japan ku wa raku no tane
There is no pleasure without pain Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means, "One cannot have pleasure without pain." It's one of a few Japanese ways to say, "No pain, no gain."


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Characters

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Pronunciation
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Simple Dictionary Definition

苦は楽の種

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Japanese kuharakunotane くはらくのたね
Japanese (expression) one cannot have pleasure without pain; no pain, no gain
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There is no pleasure without pain

不勞無獲


不劳无获

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Mandarin bù láo wú huò / bu4 lao2 wu2 huo4
Taiwan pu lao wu huo
Chinese no pain, no gain (idiom)

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労多くして功少なし

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Japanese rouookushitekousukunashi / roookushitekosukunashi ろうおおくしてこうすくなし
Japanese (expression) all pain and no gain; lots of pain and not much gain

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百害あって一利なし

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Japanese hyakugaiatteichirinashi / hyakugaiattechirinashi ひゃくがいあっていちりなし
Japanese (expression) all pain, no gain; doing no good and a lot of harm; having no redeeming features; being a complete disadvantage; a hundred harms and not a single gain

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百害あって一利無し

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Japanese hyakugaiatteichirinashi / hyakugaiattechirinashi ひゃくがいあっていちりなし
Japanese (expression) all pain, no gain; doing no good and a lot of harm; having no redeeming features; being a complete disadvantage; a hundred harms and not a single gain

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吃得苦中苦,方為人上人


吃得苦中苦,方为人上人

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Mandarin chī dé kǔ zhōng kǔ , fāng wéi rén shàng rén / chi1 de2 ku3 zhong1 ku3 , fang1 wei2 ren2 shang4 ren2
Taiwan ch`ih te k`u chung k`u , fang wei jen shang jen / chih te ku chung ku , fang wei jen shang jen
Chinese one cannot achieve glory and wealth without having been through trials and tribulations (proverb); no pain, no gain

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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
No Pain No Gain 不痛不強
不痛不强
bú tòng bù qiáng
bu2 tong4 bu4 qiang2
bu tong bu qiang
butongbuqiang
pu t`ung pu ch`iang
putungpuchiang
pu tung pu chiang
No Pain No Gain 痛みなくして得るものなしitami naku shite erumono wa nashi
Without a big net, how can you catch fish? 不撒大網不得大魚
不撒大网不得大鱼
bù sā dà wǎng bù dé dà yú
bu4 sa1 da4 wang3 bu4 de2 da4 yu2
bu sa da wang bu de da yu
busadawangbudedayu
pu sa ta wang pu te ta yü
pusatawangputetayü
There is no pleasure without pain 苦は楽の種ku wa raku no tane
kuwarakunotane
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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