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  1. Inner Strength
  2. With all the strength of your heart
  3. Inner Strength / Self-Improvement
  4. Inner Strength is Better than...
  5. Always Striving for Inner Strength
  6. Spiritual Strength / Strength of Spirit
  7. Power / Strength
  8. Fortitude / Strength of Character
  9. Strength / Ability
10. Herculean Strength
11. Strength and Courage
12. Strength and Love in Unity
13. Physical Strength
14. Strength and Courage
15. Strength and Love
16. Physical Strength
17. Courage and Strength
18. Strength / Vigor / Energy
19. Strength: Strong and Solid
20. Inner Strength / Inner Well-Being and Health


Inner Strength

China nèi zài lì liàng
Inner Strength Wall Scroll

內在力量 is the slightly-verbose way to say inner-strength. The first two characters mean "intrinsic" or "inner." The second two characters mean "power," "force" or "strength" (especially physical strength). 內在力量 is more a short phrase rather than just a word in Chinese and Korean. This can sort of be understood in Japanese but it's not normal/proper Japanese.

Inner Strength

China nèi lì
Japan nai ryoku
Inner Strength Wall Scroll

內力 is the shorter version of inner-strength (can also be translated as "internal force"). The first character holds the meaning of "inner" or "internal." The second character means "power," "force" or "strength."

內力 is kind of a Kung Fu way of talking about an inner power or strength from within. 內力 is sort of a way to express "inner-chi." 內力 is clearly something that you might hear in a real Chinese Kung Fu movie.

While understood in both Chinese and Japanese, this can have a secondary meaning of "inner stress" in Japanese.

With all the strength of your heart

Japan omoi kiri
With all the strength of your heart Wall Scroll

This can be translated as, "with all one's strength," "with all one's heart," "to the limits of your heart," or "to the end of your heart/emotions."

The character breakdown:
思い (omoi) thought; mind; heart; feelings; emotion; sentiment; love; affection; desire; wish; hope; expectation; imagination; experience
切り (kiri) bounds; limits.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

China zì qiáng
Inner Strength / Self-Improvement Wall Scroll

自強 is the kind of inner-strength that applies to a person who has will-power and can inspire themselves to do great things.

自強 can also be the creed of a person that always pursues self-improvement.

Other translations: self-strengthening, striving for improvement, self-improvement, strive to become stronger, and self-renewal.

Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance

Japan naimen no tsuyosa ha gaiken no yosa ni masaru
Inner Strength is Better than / Outward Appearance Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb literally translates as "inner/internal strength/power [versus] outward-appearance [the] merit/virtue/good quality [does] excel/surpass/exceed/outweigh."

More naturally in English, this would be "Inner Strength Outweighs Outward Appearance."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance

China biǎo zhuàng bù rú lǐ zhuàng
Inner Strength is Better than / Outward Appearance Wall Scroll

This literally translates as:
[Better to be] strong inside than [to be] strong outside.

The ancient original meaning was:
[An] able [husband] outside [working to support a family is] not as good as [an] able [wife] inside [working and saving to take care of the family].

The current meaning is:
Inner strength is more important than outward appearance.

Always Striving for Inner Strength

China zì qiáng bú xī
Always Striving for Inner Strength Wall Scroll

This proverb or idiom suggests that the pursuit self-improvement is eternal. It can also be a suggestion to strive unremittingly in life.

The first two characters mean inner-strength with the idea of self-improvement. The last two characters mean "never rest" or "striving without giving up."

Some will translate these four characters as, "Exert and strive hard without any let up."

Spiritual Strength / Strength of Spirit

China jīng shén lì liàng
Japan seishin rikiryou
Spiritual Strength / Strength of Spirit Wall Scroll

This title speaks of one's soul or spirit, and the capacity or strength that soul possesses.

The first two characters mean mind, heart, spirit, and/or soul.

The last two characters mean strength, capacity, or ability.

Note: Separately, these are two words in Japanese, and can be pronounced but this does not make a natural title in Japanese (best if your audience is Chinese).

Power / Strength

China
Japan chikara / ryoku
Power / Strength Wall Scroll

力 is the simplest form of "power" or "strength."

In Japanese it is pronounced "chikara" when used alone, and "ryoku" when used in a sentence (there are also a few other possible pronunciations of this Kanji in Japanese).

In some context, this can mean ability, force, physical strength, capability, and influence.


See Also:  Vitality | Health

Fortitude / Strength of Character

China gāng yì
Japan gouki
Fortitude / Strength of Character Wall Scroll

This Japanese and Chinese word means, "resolute and firm," "fortitude," "firmness of character," "hardihood," "manliness" or "macho."


See Also:  Perseverance | Tenacity

Strength / Ability

China lì liàng
Japan riki ryou
Strength / Ability Wall Scroll

力量 is a general strength term. It can refer to mental or physical strength (depending on context). 力量 can also be used to describe strength in terms of capability, capacity, ability and even tact. Some may translate this as power or force.

Herculean Strength

China qiáng lì
Japan kyou ryoku
Herculean Strength Wall Scroll

強力 means herculean strength, powerful, or strong. I've even hear this described as, "strength to carry a mountain."


Note: This can also be the Japanese surname Gouriki (like Mr. Strong).

Strength and Courage

China lì liàng hé yǒng qì
Strength and Courage Wall Scroll

While not a typical Chinese phrase, this is how to write "strength and courage."

If this is an important idea for you, we can make a great custom Chinese "strength and courage" wall scroll for you.

Strength and Love in Unity

Japan riki ai fu ni
Strength and Love in Unity Wall Scroll

This proverb literally means:
"Strength [and] Love [are] Not Two [separate ideas/concepts/things]."

You'll find this proverb translated from Japanese to English as:
Love and strength are not separate.
Power and love are indivisible.
Strength and love in harmony.
Strength and love stand together.

Old Japanese grammar is quite different than English, and so this proverb says a lot within the brevity of just 4 characters. If you just read these characters directly as, "Strength Love Not Two," you'd probably miss the real meaning.


According to the Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation, this is the second characteristic of Shorinji Kempo.

This post really explains the concept best in my opinion: Bushido by MS: Riki Ai Fu Ni, which states: "Riki Ai Funi" is the philosophy that power (Riki) and love (Ai) are indivisible. More concretely, a person, who is powerful but does not have love, cannot control and misuse his/her power; on the other hand, a person, who has loved ones but is not powerful enough, cannot protect himself/herself nor loved ones.

Physical Strength

China tǐ lì
Japan tairyoku
Physical Strength Wall Scroll

Means "physical strength" or "physical power."

The first character was first simplified in Japan. Then that simplified version became the standard in mainland China. Just in case you want this version, it is offered here. I suggest it if you audience is Japanese. Most Chinese know the older traditional version.

體力 can also be defined: stamina; endurance; physical strength; resilience; resistance to disease; clout; stability.

Strength and Courage

Japan riki to yu ki
Strength and Courage Wall Scroll

This may not be the most common Japanese phrase but this is how to write "strength and courage" in Japanese.

Strength and Love

China lì yǔ ài
Strength and Love Wall Scroll

While not a common title for a wall scroll in China, this means, "strength and love" or "power and love" in Chinese characters.

Physical Strength

China tǐ lì
Japan tai ryoku
Physical Strength Wall Scroll

體力 means "physical strength," "physical power," or "physical stamina" in Chinese, ancient Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.


See Also:  Fortitude | Health

Courage and Strength

China yǒng lì
Japan yuu ri
Courage and Strength Wall Scroll

勇力 is a very short way to say "courage and strength" in Chinese and Japanese.

In Japanese, it's read more like "strong courage" or "powerful courage." This can also be the personal name Yuri or Yuuri in Japanese.

Strength / Vigor / Energy

Physical Strength
China qì lì
Japan kiryoku
Strength / Vigor / Energy Wall Scroll

氣力 can mean any of the words in the title above, and in some context, can also mean, effort, will-power, or talent. 氣力 refers mostly to physical strength (as opposed to mental or spiritual).


気In modern Japan, they use a simplified first character for this word. If you want to order this title with that special Japanese version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.

Strength: Strong and Solid

China qiáng gù
Japan kyouko
Strength: Strong and Solid Wall Scroll

Means firmness, stability, security, and strength in Japanese. It's not used commonly in China but it means "powerful," "firm," "solid," "strong" or "better than others" in Chinese. There is a slight variation in the top of the first character between Chinese and Japanese. Because this is more a Japanese word, we are showing the Japanese form here.

This is also a Korean word but Korean Hanja uses the Chinese form of the first character (one tiny stroke is a little different), so just let me now if your audience is Korean when you place your order, and we'll have it written in the Chinese/Korean version.

Inner Strength / Inner Well-Being and Health

China nèi jiàn
Inner Strength / Inner Well-Being and Health Wall Scroll

內健 is an old Chinese word meaning inner strength, or inner health. It's the idea of health and well-being starting or residing from inside yourself. Also defined as fortitude within the context of good health.




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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
Inner Strength 內在力量
内在力量
nèi zài lì liàng
nei4 zai4 li4 liang4
nei zai li liang
neizaililiang
nei tsai li liang
neitsaililiang
Inner Strength 內力
内力
nai ryoku / nairyokunèi lì / nei4 li4 / nei li / neili
With all the strength of your heart 思い切りomoi kiri / omoikiri
Inner Strength
Self-Improvement
自強
自强
zì qiáng / zi4 qiang2 / zi qiang / ziqiang tzu ch`iang / tzuchiang / tzu chiang
Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance
内面の強さは外見の良さに勝るnaimen no tsuyosa ha gaiken no yosa ni masaru
Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance
表壯不如里壯
表壮不如里壮
biǎo zhuàng bù rú lǐ zhuàng
biao3 zhuang4 bu4 ru2 li3 zhuang4
biao zhuang bu ru li zhuang
biaozhuangburulizhuang
piao chuang pu ju li chuang
piaochuangpujulichuang
Always Striving for Inner Strength 自強不息
自强不息
zì qiáng bú xī
zi4 qiang2 bu2 xi1
zi qiang bu xi
ziqiangbuxi
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
tzuchiangpuhsi
tzu chiang pu hsi
Spiritual Strength
Strength of Spirit
精神力量seishin rikiryou
seishinrikiryou
seishin rikiryo
seishinrikiryo
jīng shén lì liàng
jing1 shen2 li4 liang4
jing shen li liang
jingshenliliang
ching shen li liang
chingshenliliang
Power
Strength
chikara / ryokulì / li4 / li
Fortitude
Strength of Character
剛毅
刚毅
gouki / gokigāng yì / gang1 yi4 / gang yi / gangyi kang i / kangi
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

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single-character wall scroll.
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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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