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| 1. Perseverance
2. Patience / Perseverance / To Endure / Tolerant
3. Perseverance / Will-Power
4. Patience / Perseverance
5. Perseverance / Indomitable / Invincible Fortitude
6. Perseverance / Fortitude
7. Perseverance is the Key
8. Determination to Achieve
9. Fortitude / Strength of Character
10. Determination to Achieve / Will-Power
|11. Stamina / Tenacity|
12. Unswerving Determination / Firm and Persistent
14. Esprit de Corps / Determination
15. Indomitable / Persistence / Fortitude
16. Tenacious / Tenacity
Perseverance is being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don't give up...you keep going. Like a strong ship in a storm, you don't become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.
The translation of this proverb literally means, "something so persistent or steadfast, that it is not uprootable / movable / surpassable".
This is a simpler version that just holds the meaning of "fortitude", "steadfast" and "persistent".
This is the simplest way to express perseverance in Chinese and Korean Hanja.
This single-character version leaves a bit of mystery about what kind of perseverance you might want to convey.
In Korean, this is usually associated with "strength of character".
In Japanese, this character can be pronounced about a dozen different ways (so we have left out the Japanese pronunciation guide that normally appears above). In Japanese this Kanji would usually be translated "strong" (perhaps strong-willed).
Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes. You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals.
These characters can also mean "to endure", "restrain oneself" and in some context it can mean "perseverance" or "endurance".
This is also used as a tenet of Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, and other Korean martial arts where it's titled "Endurance" and romanized as "In Neh".
Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the first character in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).
These two characters are a way to express "perseverance" with the idea of "willpower" in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. It can also mean "strong willed".
The first character means "strong" and "persistent", while the second means "strength" and "power".
This character contains the ideas of patience, equanimity, perseverance and endurance. Alone, this single character can be a bit ambiguous or flexible. It can also mean to endure, to bear, to put up with or to conceal. If you want to simply decide what this character means to you within the general meaning, but keep it a mystery to others, this is a good choice.
If you want to be more direct, you may want to choose one of our other selections that mean perseverance or patience (you will see this character within those larger words/phrases).
There is a secondary meaning in Japanese, since this is the first character of the word ninja.
Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write it in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).
This is the Japanese version of the 4-character perseverance proverb. This would be understood in Chinese but it's not commonly written this way in Chinese.
Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese sometimes write the second Kanji in the form shown to the right. Yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in this alternate Japanese Kanji form. If you have a preference, let us know when you order.
Due to some odd computer coding conventions, these two character forms were combined/merged into the same code point - thus you will not see Kanji images of more Japanese form as you select options for your scroll.
The first character means "strong", "solid", "firm", "unyielding" or "resolute".
The second character means "to beat", "to endure", or "to tolerate".
Together they speak of the strength from within yourself. Some may also translate this as "long-suffering" in a more Biblical sense.
This is a common term in Chinese and Korean Hanja, but a little less commonly-used in modern Japanese Kanji. For that reason, this selection is best if your audience is Chinese or Korean.
Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the second Kanji a little differently. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect the form where the little horizontal stroke crosses the vertical stroke. See differences in the images to the right. Technically, they are both the same character, and will be read the same in either language.
This literally translates as: Do not worry about not being able to master [a skill]; What [one should] be concerned about is lack of perseverance.
Figuratively, this means: One's skills cannot be perfected without perseverance in practice.
For me, I've learned that you can only get so much from school or studying. You've really got to do "on-the-job training" to perfect your ability and skill.
For martial arts students: You can read about a kick in a book, or someone can tell you about a certain kick, but until you practice the kick, there's no way you'll master it.
This Japanese proverb suggests being resolved to do something or having a wholehearted intention to accomplish something.
Some will translate this as, "the determination to accomplish something", "turning over a new leaf and being determined to find success".
This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese word means, "determination to achieve". It can also be translated as: will; willpower; determination; volition; intention; intent.
In Japanese, this can also be the given name Ishi.
This means tenacity or stamina in Japanese Kanji.
The title really says it all. This single Chinese word means, "firm and persistent" and/or "unswerving determination".
You focus your energy and efforts on a task and stick with it until it is finished. Determination is using your will power to do something when it isn't easy. You are determined to meet your goals even when it is hard or you are being tested. With determination we make our dreams come true.
The first characters means "to determine" or "determined". The second character means "heart", "mind" or "soul", so you can imagine that this form of "determination" partially means to put your heart into something. It can also be translated as resolve, resolution, or decision (as in a decision made and followed).
This Japanese word can mean, "esprit de corps" or "determination to achieve".
When this is pronounced "Shige", it can refer to a place in Japan.
This is the short form of a longer Chinese word, and also a word used in Korean and Japanese to express the idea of being indomitable. It literally means, "will not bend", "will not crouch", "will not yield", "will not flinch", or "will not submit".
Note: Some will translate this as "indomitable spirit"; however, technically, there is no character to suggest the idea of "spirit" in this word.
These two characters together mean "Tenacious", "Hard to Defeat", or "Dogged".
Alone, the first character means mischievous, obstinate or stubborn. But it loses some of the mischievous meaning when the second character is added.
The second character means strength, force, powerful or better.
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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
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|n/a||jiān rèn bù bá|
jian ren bu ba
chien jen pu pa
|jian1 ren4 bu4 ba2|
|Patience / Perseverance / To Endure / Tolerant||忍耐|
|Perseverance / Will-Power||毅力|
|Patience / Perseverance||忍|
|Perseverance / Indomitable / Invincible Fortitude||坚忍不拔|
堅忍不抜 / 堅忍不拔
|kenninfubatsu||jiān rěn bù bá|
jian ren bu ba
chien jen pu pa
|jian1 ren3 bu4 ba2|
|Perseverance / Fortitude||坚忍|
|Perseverance is the Key||不怕练不成就怕心不恒|
|n/a||bú pà liàn bù chéng jiù pà xīn bù héng|
bu pa lian bu cheng jiu pa xin bu heng
pu p`a lien pu ch`eng chiu p`a hsin pu heng
|bu2 pa4 lian4 bu4 cheng2 jiu4 pa4 xin1 bu4 heng2|
pu pa lien pu cheng chiu pa hsin pu heng
|Determination to Achieve||一念発起|
|ichi nen ho kki|
ichi nen ho ki
|Fortitude / Strength of Character||刚毅|
|Determination to Achieve / Will-Power||意志|
|Stamina / Tenacity||持久力|
|Unswerving Determination / Firm and Persistent||坚毅|
|Esprit de Corps / Determination||志気|
|Indomitable / Persistence / Fortitude||不屈|
|Tenacious / Tenacity||顽强|
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If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.
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