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  1. Outstanding
  2. Do not fear being slow, fear standing still
  3. Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself
  4. Impartial and Fair to the...
  5. Glory and Honor
  6. Best Friends
  7. Keep Your Feet on the Ground
  8. Loyalty


China chū lèi bá cuì
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This means "one who stands out from his/her peers", "stand out from the crowd", or "standing out from others". It can also mean, "leaving your peers behind".

A great way to tell yourself that you are outstanding (or give it to a friend that you want to encourage to excel).

Do not fear being slow, fear standing still

China bú pà màn jiù pà zhàn
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Do not fear being slow, fear <mark>standing</mark> still

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Don't worry about being slow; only worry about standing still.

Figuratively, this means: A slow progress holds some promise, but to stand still promises failure.

Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself

Japan do kuritsu do ppo
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<mark>Standing</mark> by Oneself / Walking by Oneself

This Japanese proverb, Dokuritsu-Doppo, is an indication of your independence, self-reliance, standing on one's own two feet, or making one's own way in life.

Impartial and Fair to the
Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World

AKA: Universal Benevolence
China yí shì tóng rén
Japan isshidoujin
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Impartial and Fair to the<br>Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World

This is how to write "universal benevolence". This is also how to express the idea that you see all people the same.

If you are kind and charitable to all people, this is the best way to state that virtue. It is the essence of being impartial to all mankind, regardless of social standing, background, race, sex, etc. You do not judge others, but rather you see them eye to eye on the same level with you.

See Also...  Benevolence | Compassion | Equality | Justice | Right Decision | Selflessness | Work Unselfishly For The Common

Glory and Honor

China róng
Japan ei
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Glory and Honor

This character relates to giving someone a tribute or praise. It's a little odd as a gift, so this may not be the best selection for a wall scroll.

I've made this entry just because this character is often misused as "honorable" or "keeping your honor". It's not quite the same meaning, as this usually refers to a tribute or giving an honor to someone.

This is often found in tattoo books incorrectly listed as the western idea of personal honor or being honorable. Check with us before you get a tattoo that does not match the meaning you are really looking for. As a tattoo, this suggests that you either have a lot of pride in yourself or that you have a wish for prosperity for you and/or your family.

栄In modern Japanese Kanji, glory and honor looks like the image to the right.

There is a lot of confusion about this character, so here are some alternate translations for this character: prosperous, flourishing, blooming (like a flower), glorious beauty, proud, praise, rich, or it can be the family name "Rong". The context in which the character is used can change the meaning between these various ideas.

In the old days, this could be an honor paid to someone by the Emperor (basically a designation by the Emperor that a person has high standing).

To sum it up: This character has a positive meaning, however, it's a different flavor than the idea of being honorable and having integrity.

Best Friends

China zhì jiāo
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Best Friends

This an alternate way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "most", "extreme" or "best". The second character means "making friends" or "building friendship". There's sort of a suggestion with the second character that fate caused you to intersect in life and become friends (that character can mean intersection in some context).

This can also mean "most intimate friend", "very good friend of long standing", or "closest friend".

See Also...  Friendship | Soulmates

Keep Your Feet on the Ground

Be Down-to-Earth
China jiǎo tà shí dì
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Keep Your Feet on the Ground

This four-character proverb suggests that you should be practical, realistic, and grounded. Some translate this as a suggestion to be down-to-earth.

The first character means "feet".
The second means "step on" or "stand".
The third means "solid", "real", or "true".
The last character means "ground", "earth", or "terra".

Literally this means, "[keep your] Feet Standing [on] Solid Ground".


Japanese Chinese Korean
China zhōng chéng
Japan chuu sei
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Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals, when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.

1. This written form of loyalty is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

2. There is also a Japanese version that is part of the Bushido Code which may be more desirable depending on whether your intended audience is Japanese or Chinese.

3. This version of loyalty is sometimes translated as devotion, sincerity, fidelity, or allegiance.

See Also...  Honor | Trust | Integrity | Sincerity

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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.

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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
n/achū lèi bá cuì
chu lei ba cui
ch`u lei pa ts`ui
chu1 lei4 ba2 cui4
chu lei pa tsui
Do not fear being slow, fear standing still不怕慢就怕站
n/abú pà màn jiù pà zhàn
bu pa man jiu pa zhan
pu p`a man chiu p`a chan
bu2 pa4 man4 jiu4 pa4 zhan4
pu pa man chiu pa chan
Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself独立独步
do kuritsu do ppo
do kuritsu do po
Impartial and Fair to the
Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World
yí shì tóng rén
yi shi tong ren
i shih t`ung jen
yi2 shi4 tong2 ren2
i shih tung jen
Glory and Honor荣 / 栄
Best Friends至交
n/azhì jiāo
zhi jiao
chih chiao
zhi4 jiao1
Keep Your Feet on the Ground脚踏实地
n/ajiǎo tà shí dì
jiao ta shi di
chiao t`a shih ti
jiao3 ta4 shi2 di4
chiao ta shih ti
chuu sei
chu sei
zhōng chéng
zhong cheng
chung ch`eng
zhong1 cheng2
chung cheng

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