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  1. True to Yourself
  2. To thine own self be true
  3. Sincere / True Sincerity
  4. ...And this above all to thine own self be true.
  5. Be True to Yourself
  6. My True Love
  7. True Heart
  8. True Friend
  9. Be True to Yourself
10. True Love
11. My True Love
12. True Friend
13. True Religion / Buddha Truth
14. True / Real / Genuine
15. Dream Come True / Enjoy Success
16. True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence
17. True Victory is Victory Over Oneself


True to Yourself

China zuò zhēn shí de zì jǐ
True to Yourself

This means, "true to yourself" in Chinese.

This is just a one-word difference from "be true to yourself."


Note: This is more a western-style phrase or idea, so it's not that common to see this in Chinese.

To thine own self be true

Japan onore ni chuujitsu nare
To thine own self be true

This is "...to thine own self be true" in Japanese.

This is a small portion of the classic line from Shakespeare's Hamlet.


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

Sincere / True Sincerity

China zhēn chéng
Sincere / True Sincerity

真誠 is the true essence of sincerity. It takes strength of personality to be truly sincere without over-doing it. Speaking of strength, this is probably the strongest way to convey the idea of sincerity in the Chinese language without over-doing it.

The first character literally means true, real, and genuine. While the second character means sincere and honest.


See Also:  Love | Honor

...And this above all to thine own self be true.

Line from Shakespeare's Hamlet
China yóu qí yào jǐn de nǐ bì xū duì nǐ zì jǐ zhōng shí
...And this above all to thine own self be true.

This is the classic translation of a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet into Chinese.

Be True to Yourself

Japan jibun jishin ni chuujitsu de aru
Be True to Yourself

This is, "be true to yourself" in Japanese.

You could also translate this as "be true to oneself."


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

My True Love

Japan shin jitsu no ai
My True Love

真実の愛 means "true love" or "genuine affection" in Japanese.

The first two Kanji mean true, real, genuine, or authentic.
The third Kanji is a connecting possessive article.
The last character is love or affection.

True Heart

China zhēn xīn
Japan mago koro
True Heart

While these two characters literally read as "true heart" or "genuine heart," the understood meaning is sincerity, devotion, sincere, or heartfelt. Some will extend the meaning to be like, "true love." Basically, it's the idea of doing something or treating someone with genuine feelings.

This is valid and has the same meaning in both Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji.

Note: While not too common, this can be the female given name "Mami" in Japanese.

True Friend

Japan shinnotomo
True Friend

真の友 is "true friend" in Japanese.

Be True to Yourself

China zuò zhēn shí de zì jǐ
Be True to Yourself

This means, "be true to yourself" in Chinese.


Note: This is more a western-style phrase or idea, so it's not that common to see this in Chinese.

True Love

China zhēn ài
Japan shinai
True Love

真愛 is literally "True Love" in Chinese.

The first character means "real," "true" and "genuine." The second character means "love" and "affection."

During the customization of your calligraphy wall scroll, there is a place to add an inscription. You might want that inscription to be your names in Chinese down the side of your wall scroll, or perhaps just below these two main characters (just $9 extra). A nice gift to celebrate an anniversary or marriage!

My True Love

China wǒ xīn zhēn ài
My True Love

我心真愛 is a slightly poetic way to express this sentiment to someone.

The meaning is "My True Love" but the characters directly translate as "I/Me/My Heart/Mind True/Real Love."

Note that Chinese grammar and construction are different, so this sounds very eloquent and artsy in Chinese.
In Korean Hanja, the third character should be written differently, just let me know when you place your order if you want that version - it will still make sense in Chinese. This phrase makes sense in Korean but not commonly used.

True Friend

China gòu péng you
True Friend

夠朋友 is a colloquial title in Chinese meaning, "to be a true friend."

True Religion / Buddha Truth

The way of the truth
China shí dào
Japan jitsu dou
True Religion / Buddha Truth

This Buddhist title means, "The true way," "The true religion," "The way of the truth," or "The absolute Buddha-truth."

True / Real / Genuine

China zhēn
Japan shin / makoto
True / Real / Genuine

真 is a simple way to express the idea that something is real, true, truth or genuine.

Occasionally, this character is used to refer to a Buddhist sect that originated in the 13th century.

真 is commonly used as a compound with other characters to create ideas like "true love." It's also used like the English "really" or "truly," to say "really good" or "He is really knowledgeable." Those phrases start with "他真的是..." (note second character is this one).


There are two ways to write this character, shown here is the most common way in China; however, a slight stroke variation is used in Korean Hanja. If you want that version, just let us know when you place your order.


See Also:  Honesty

Dream Come True / Enjoy Success

China dé zhì
Dream Come True / Enjoy Success

This Chinese word means to accomplish one's ambition, a dream come true, or to enjoy your success.

True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence

China zhēn kōng miào yǒu
Japan shin kuu myou u
True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence

According to Soothill 眞空妙有 means:
The true void is the mysteriously existing; truly void, or immaterial, yet transcendentally existing.

This is the state of being absolutely nonexistent after removing all errant worldly influences. This is achieved when all forms of existence is seen for their real nature.


This is a complex Buddhist concept. Feel free to add to the conversation about this concept here: Asian Forum: Shinku Myou

True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

Japan masa katsu a gatsu
True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

This proverb is often translated as, "True victory is victory over oneself."

However, literally, Kanji by Kanji, it means, "True victory [is] my/self victory."

My Japanese friends rate this very highly for a wall scroll.


See Also:  Know Thy Enemy Know Thyself

Search for True in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
True to Yourself 真實的自己
真实的自己
zuò zhēn shí de zì jǐ
zhen1 shi2 de zi4 ji3
zhen shi de zi ji
zhenshideziji
chen shih te tzu chi
chenshihtetzuchi
To thine own self be true 己に忠実なれonore ni chuujitsu nare
onorenichuujitsunare
onore ni chujitsu nare
onorenichujitsunare
Sincere
True Sincerity
真誠
真诚
zhēn chéng
zhen1 cheng2
zhen cheng
zhencheng
chen ch`eng
chencheng
chen cheng
...And this above all to thine own self be true. 尤其要緊的你必須對你自己忠實
尤其要紧的你必须对你自己忠实
yóu qí yào jǐn de nǐ bì xū duì nǐ zì jǐ zhōng shí
you2 qi2 yao4 jin3 de ni3 bi4 xu1 dui4 ni3 zi4 ji3 zhong1 shi2
you qi yao jin de ni bi xu dui ni zi ji zhong shi
yu ch`i yao chin te ni pi hsü tui ni tzu chi chung shih
yu chi yao chin te ni pi hsü tui ni tzu chi chung shih
Be True to Yourself 自分自身に忠実であるjibun jishin ni chuujitsu de aru
jibun jishin ni chujitsu de aru
jibunjishinnichujitsudearu
My True Love 真実の愛shin jitsu no ai
shinjitsunoai
True Heart 真心mago koro / magokorozhēn xīn / zhen1 xin1 / zhen xin / zhenxin chen hsin / chenhsin
True Friend 真の友shinnotomo
Be True to Yourself 做真實的自己
做真实的自己
zuò zhēn shí de zì jǐ
zuo4 zhen1 shi2 de zi4 ji3
zuo zhen shi de zi ji
zuozhenshideziji
tso chen shih te tzu chi
tsochenshihtetzuchi
True Love 真愛
真爱
shinaizhēn ài / zhen1 ai4 / zhen ai / zhenai chen ai / chenai
My True Love 我心真愛
我心真爱
wǒ xīn zhēn ài
wo3 xin1 zhen1 ai4
wo xin zhen ai
woxinzhenai
wo hsin chen ai
wohsinchenai
True Friend 夠朋友
够朋友
gòu péng you
gou4 peng2 you5
gou peng you
goupengyou
kou p`eng yu
koupengyu
kou peng yu
True Religion
Buddha Truth
實道
实道
jitsu dou / jitsudou / jitsu do / jitsudoshí dào / shi2 dao4 / shi dao / shidao shih tao / shihtao
True
Real
Genuine
真 or 眞
shin / makotozhēn / zhen1 / zhen chen
Dream Come True
Enjoy Success
得誌
得志
dé zhì / de2 zhi4 / de zhi / dezhi te chih / techih
True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence 眞空妙有shin kuu myou u
shinkuumyouu
shin ku myo u
shinkumyou
zhēn kōng miào yǒu
zhen1 kong1 miao4 you3
zhen kong miao you
zhenkongmiaoyou
chen k`ung miao yu
chenkungmiaoyu
chen kung miao yu
True Victory is Victory Over Oneself 正勝吾勝
正胜吾胜
masa katsu a gatsu
masakatsuagatsu
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.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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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