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

Strength / Vigor / Energy

Physical Strength
China qì lì
Japan kiryoku
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<mark>Strength</mark> / Vigor / Energy

This word can mean any of the words in the title above, and in some context, can also mean, effort, will-power, or talent. This word 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.

Power / Strength

Japan chikara / ryoku
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Power / <mark>Strength</mark>

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

Strength / Ability

China lì liàng
Japan riki ryou
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<mark>Strength</mark> / Ability

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

Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

China zì qiáng
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Inner <mark>Strength</mark> / Self-Improvement

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

This word 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

China nèi zài lì liàng
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Inner <mark>Strength</mark>

This 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). This 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

(short version)
China nèi lì
Japan nai ryoku
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Inner <mark>Strength</mark>

This 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".

This is kind of a Kung Fu way of talking about an inner power or strength from within. This is sort of a way to express "inner-chi". This 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.

Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance

China biǎo zhuàng bù rú lǐ zhuàng
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Inner <mark>Strength</mark> is Better than<br>Outward Appearance

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.

Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance

Japan naimen no tsuyosa ha gaiken no yosa ni masaru
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Inner <mark>Strength</mark> is Better than<br>Outward Appearance

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".

Always Striving for Inner Strength

China zì qiáng bú xī
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Always Striving for Inner <mark>Strength</mark>

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".

With all the strength of your heart

Japan omo i ki ri
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With all the <mark>strength</mark> of your heart

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.

Spiritual Strength / Strength of Spirit

China jīng shén lì liàng
Japan seishin rikiryou
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Spiritual <mark>Strength</mark> / <mark>Strength</mark> of Spirit

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).

Inner Strength / Inner Well-Being and Health

China nèi jiàn
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Inner <mark>Strength</mark> / Inner Well-Being and Health

This 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.

Fortitude / Strength of Character

China gāng yì
Japan gouki
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Fortitude / <mark>Strength</mark> of Character

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

See Also...  Perseverance | Tenacity

Strength and Love in Unity

Japan riki ai fu ni
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<mark>Strength</mark> and Love in Unity

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.

Herculean Strength

China qiáng lì
Japan kyou ryoku
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Herculean <mark>Strength</mark>

This word 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
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<mark>Strength</mark> and Courage

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 Courage

Japan riki to yu ki
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<mark>Strength</mark> and Courage

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
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<mark>Strength</mark> and Love

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

Courage and Strength

China yǒng lì
Japan yuu ri
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Courage and <mark>Strength</mark>

This 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: Strong and Solid

China qiáng gù
Japan kyouko
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<mark>Strength</mark>: Strong and Solid

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.

Physical Strength

Traditional Chinese and Korean
China tǐ lì
Japan tai ryoku
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Physical <mark>Strength</mark>

Means "physical strength", "physical power", or "physical stamina".

See Also...  Fortitude | Health

Physical Strength

Japanese / Simplified Chinese
China tǐ lì
Japan tairyoku
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Physical <mark>Strength</mark>

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.

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

God Give Me Strength

China yuàn shàng dì gěi wǒ lì liàng
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God Give Me <mark>Strength</mark>

This is a wish or a prayer that you might call out at a desperate time.

Translated by us for a military serviceman in Iraq - obviously he may have a need to use this phrase often, though I am not sure where he's going to find a place to hang a wall scroll.

God Give Me Strength

Japan kami ga watashi ni chikara o atae te kudasai
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God Give Me <mark>Strength</mark>

This is "God give me strength" in Japanese.

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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
Strength / Vigor / Energy气力 / 気力
kiryokuqì lì
qi li
ch`i li
qi4 li4
chi li
Power / Strength
chikara / ryoku
Strength / Ability力量
riki ryou
riki ryo
lì liàng
li liang
li4 liang4
Inner Strength / Self-Improvement自强
n/azì qiáng
zi qiang
tzu ch`iang
zi4 qiang2
tzu chiang
Inner Strength内在力量
n/anèi zài lì liàng
nei zai li liang
nei tsai li liang
nei4 zai4 li4 liang4
Inner Strength内力
nai ryoku
nèi lì
nei li
nei4 li4
Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance
n/abiǎo zhuàng bù rú lǐ zhuàng
biao zhuang bu ru li zhuang
piao chuang pu ju li chuang
biao3 zhuang4 bu4 ru2 li3 zhuang4
Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance
naimen no tsuyosa ha gaiken no yosa ni masarun/a
Always Striving for Inner Strength自强不息
n/azì qiáng bú xī
zi qiang bu xi
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
zi4 qiang2 bu2 xi1
tzu chiang pu hsi
With all the strength of your heart思い切り
omo i ki ri
Spiritual Strength / Strength of Spirit精神力量
seishin rikiryou
seishin rikiryo
jīng shén lì liàng
jing shen li liang
ching shen li liang
jing1 shen2 li4 liang4
Inner Strength / Inner Well-Being and Health內健
n/anèi jiàn
nei jian
nei chien
nei4 jian4
Fortitude / Strength of Character刚毅
gāng yì
gang yi
kang i
gang1 yi4
Strength and Love in Unity力爱不二
riki ai fu ni
Herculean Strength强力
kyou ryoku
kyo ryoku
qiáng lì
qiang li
ch`iang li
qiang2 li4
chiang li
Strength and Courage力量和勇气
n/alì liàng hé yǒng qì
li liang he yong qi
li liang ho yung ch`i
li4 liang4 he2 yong3 qi4
li liang ho yung chi
Strength and Courage力と勇気
riki to yu ki
Strength and Love力与爱
n/alì yǔ ài
li yu ai
li yü ai
li4 yu3 ai4
Courage and Strength勇力
yuu ri
yu ri
yǒng lì
yong li
yung li
yong3 li4
Strength: Strong and Solid强固
qiáng gù
qiang gu
ch`iang ku
qiang2 gu4
chiang ku
Physical Strength体力
tai ryoku
tǐ lì
ti li
t`i li
ti3 li4
ti li
Physical Strength体力
tairyokutǐ lì
ti li
t`i li
ti3 li4
ti li
God Give Me Strength愿上帝给我力量
n/ayuàn shàng dì gěi wǒ lì liàng
yuan shang di gei wo li liang
yüan shang ti kei wo li liang
yuan4 shang4 di4 gei3 wo3 li4 liang4
God Give Me Strength神が私に力を与えてください
kami ga watashi ni chikara o atae te kudasain/a

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