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Diligence Scroll

This single-character means diligence or "sense of duty" in Chinese and Korean (also understood in Japanese but not commonly-seen as a stand-alone Kanji).

As a single character on a wall scroll, this will only be seen with this meaning. However, it can also mean industrious, hardworking, frequent, regular, constant, energy, zeal, fortitude, or virility.

In Buddhism this can represent vīrya (viriya), the idea of energy, diligence, enthusiasm, or effort. It can be defined as an attitude of gladly engaging in wholesome activities, and it functions to cause one to accomplish wholesome or virtuous actions. Some Buddhists may even define this as "manliness" (a definition from a hundred years ago, before equality).

If you, or someone you know is a hard-worker (or needs a reminder to be diligent), then this is the wall scroll to have in your/their office.

Buddha Seeking

qín qiú
Buddha Seeking Scroll

勤求 is a complex word that means inquiring in the Buddha way.

To put it another way, it is seeking something in the right way, at the right time, and diligently seeking only truth or the good.

qín miǎn
Diligence Scroll

勤勉 can be translated as diligence, industrious, assiduity, assiduous, diligent, or sedulity.

Diligence is working hard and doing your absolute best. You take special care by doing things step by step. Diligence helps you to get things done with excellence and enthusiasm. Diligence leads to success.

Heaven Blesses the Diligent

tiān dào chóu qín
Heaven Blesses the Diligent Scroll

This can be interpreted a few different ways:
God blesses those who work hard.
It is the way of Heaven to smile on the diligent.
God will reward those that are worthy.
Heaven blesses those who are diligent.

Whichever translation you like, a scroll like this on your wall may serve as a reminder to work hard because your diligence will pay off both in this life and the next.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.

Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence

qín jiǎn qǐ jiā
Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence Scroll

勤儉起家 is a Chinese proverb that suggests you begin to rise up by thrift and hard work.

Diligent work and spending money wisely will almost always pay off.

Not the results for 勤 that you were looking for?

Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence Scroll
diligent; industrious; hardworking; frequent; regular; constant
(personal name) Tsutome
vīrya, energy, zeal, fortitude, virility; intp. also as 精進 one of the pāramitās; to strive


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qín miǎn
    qin2 mian3
ch`in mien
    chin mien
Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence Scroll
diligence; diligent; industrious
(noun or adjectival noun) (ant: 怠惰) diligent; hard-working; industrious


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qín qiú
    qin2 qiu2
ch`in ch`iu
    chin chiu
Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence Scroll
inquiring the Buddha way
To seek diligently (after the good); to strive for



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qín jiǎn qǐ jiā
    qin2 jian3 qi3 jia1
ch`in chien ch`i chia
    chin chien chi chia
Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence Scroll
to rise up by thrift and hard work (idiom)


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tiān dào chóu qín
    tian1 dao4 chou2 qin2
t`ien tao ch`ou ch`in
    tien tao chou chin
Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence Scroll
Heaven rewards the diligent. (idiom)

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variant of [qin2]; industrious; solicitous


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zhí qín
    zhi2 qin2
chih ch`in
    chih chin
variant of 執|执[zhi2 qin2]


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kè qín
    ke4 qin2
k`o ch`in
    ko chin
(given name) Kokugon


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quán qín
    quan2 qin2
ch`üan ch`in
    chüan chin
(of an individual) to have a perfect attendance record; (of a group) to have no absentees


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(noun, transitive verb) additional post


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(n,vs,vi) (See 外勤) office work; desk work; indoor work


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chū qín
    chu1 qin2
ch`u ch`in
    chu chin
to go to work; to be present (at work, school etc); to be away on business
(n,vs,vi) (See 退勤) going to work; leaving for work; attendance (at work); being at work; presence (in the office); reporting for work


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(1) service; duty; business; responsibility; task; (2) Buddhist religious services


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(given name) Kin'ichi


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 kinzou / kinzo
(given name) Kinzou


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(given name) Noriyuki


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(personal name) Toshiya


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(given name) Kinji


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qín xiū
    qin2 xiu1
ch`in hsiu
    chin hsiu


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industry; diligence; frugality



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qín jiǎn
    qin2 jian3
ch`in chien
    chin chien
hardworking and frugal


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qín lì
    qin2 li4
ch`in li
    chin li
hardworking; diligent


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qín jiā
    qin2 jia1
ch`in chia
    chin chia
to undertake


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qín qú
    qin2 qu2
ch`in ch`ü
    chin chü
to concentrate the mind


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 kinrou / kinro
(n,vs,vi) labor; labour; exertion; diligent service



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qín wù
    qin2 wu4
ch`in wu
    chin wu
service; duties; an orderly (military)
(n,vs,vi) service; duty; work



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qín láo
    qin2 lao2
ch`in lao
    chin lao
hardworking; industrious; diligent


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qín qín
    qin2 qin2
ch`in ch`in
    chin chin
attentive; solicitous; earnest; sincere



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qín lì
    qin2 li4
ch`in li
    chin li

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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
Diligencekinqín / qin2 / qinch`in / chin
Buddha Seeking勤求gonguqín qiú / qin2 qiu2 / qin qiu / qinqiuch`in ch`iu / chinchiu / chin chiu
Diligence勤勉kinbenqín miǎn / qin2 mian3 / qin mian / qinmianch`in mien / chinmien / chin mien
Heaven Blesses the Diligent天道酬勤tiān dào chóu qín
tian1 dao4 chou2 qin2
tian dao chou qin
t`ien tao ch`ou ch`in
tien tao chou chin
Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence勤儉起家
qín jiǎn qǐ jiā
qin2 jian3 qi3 jia1
qin jian qi jia
ch`in chien ch`i chia
chin chien chi chia
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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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.

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