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Better to be Happy than Rich

China ān pín lè dào
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Even if you are poor, you should still feel satisfied in your life...

...Satisfaction, happiness, and the meaning of your life come from within yourself and not from money or riches of the world.

In Chinese, there are a lot of four-character proverbs which express some very old philosophies.
Though there are only four characters on this scroll, in Chinese the meanings often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.

In this case, you should not set your expectations too high for the amount to money or riches you wish to have. One who sets their expectations too high is almost always disappointed. Instead, you should cherish what you have, and seek to improve yourself from within, and not measure your personal worth by the size of your bank account.


See Also:  A Sly Rabbit Will Have Three Openings to Its Den

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Characters

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Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin shèng / sheng4
Taiwan sheng
Japanese shou / sho / しょう
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Chinese victory; success; to beat; to defeat; to surpass; victorious; superior to; to get the better of; better than; surpassing; superb (of vista); beautiful (scenery); wonderful (view); (Taiwan pr. [sheng1]) able to bear; equal to (a task)
Japanese (1) win; victory; (2) beautiful scenery; scenic spot; (suf,ctr) (3) (ant: 敗・2) counter for wins; (surname, female given name) Masaru; (surname) Masa; (surname) Tou; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (personal name) Sun; (surname) Suguro; (surname, given name) Sugure; (surname, given name) Suguru; (surname, given name) Suguri; (given name) Shoumin; (given name) Shou; (given name) Katsushi; (surname) Katsuzaki; (surname, female given name) Katsu; (surname, given name) Kachi; (surname) Kaji
jina, victorious, from ji, to overcome, surpass; superior

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Mandarin nán / nan2
Taiwan nan
Japanese nan / ナン    minami / みなみ
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Chinese south; surname Nan
Japanese (1) {mahj} south wind tile; (2) {mahj} winning hand with a pung (or kong) of south wind tiles; south; (personal name) Minnami; (personal name) Mimi; (surname) Minamihama; (personal name) Minamitate; (surname, female given name) Minami; (female given name) Mina; (female given name) Miumi; (female given name) Hinata; (given name) Nantetsu; (surname) Nanzaki; (surname, female given name) Nan; (given name) Namuchoru; (surname) Namu; (surname, female given name) Nami; (surname) Takaminami
dakṣina, south; translit. nāṃ and as a suffix intp. as meaning plural, several, i.e. more than three.

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Mandarin/ bo2
Taiwan po
Japanese haku(p);baku / はく(P);ばく
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Chinese extensive; ample; rich; obtain; aim; to win; to get; plentiful; to gamble
Japanese (suffix noun) (1) doctor; PhD; (2) exposition; fair; exhibition; (given name) Hiromu; (personal name) Hiroto; (personal name) Hirotsugu; (male given name) Hiroshi; (surname, given name) Hiro; (given name) Haku; (personal name) Tooru
Wide, universal; widely read, versed in; to cause; gamble; barter; encyclopedic

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Mandarin/ xi3
Taiwan hsi
Japanese yoshimi / よしみ    yoshi / よし    yuki / ゆき    tanoshi / たのし    konomu / このむ    kino / きの    kisaki / きさき    ki / き
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Chinese to be fond of; to like; to enjoy; to be happy; to feel pleased; happiness; delight; glad
Japanese (female given name) Yoshimi; (surname, given name) Yoshi; (female given name) Yuki; (personal name) Tanoshi; (female given name) Konomu; (surname) Kino; (surname) Kisaki; (personal name) Ki
prīti; ānanda. Joy; glad; delighted, rejoice; to like.

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Mandarin/ fu4
Taiwan fu
Japanese yutaka / ゆたか    mitsuru / みつる    fu / ふ    hisashi / ひさし    tomeri / とめり    tomu / とむ    tomiru / とみる    tomimura / とみむら    tomihama / とみはま    tomitsugi / とみつぎ    tomitaka / とみたか    tomi / とみ    tobi / とび    sakae / さかえ    atsushi / あつし    atari / あたり
Chinese rich; abundant; wealthy; surname Fu
Japanese (1) riches; wealth; fortune; (2) resources; (3) (abbreviation) lottery; (surname, given name) Yutaka; (female given name) Mitsuru; (surname) Fu; (given name) Hisashi; (given name) Tomeri; (personal name) Tomu; (surname) Tomiru; (surname) Tomimura; (surname) Tomihama; (personal name) Tomitsugi; (surname) Tomitaka; (surname, female given name) Tomi; (surname) Tobi; (female given name) Sakae; (given name) Atsushi; (surname) Atari
Rich, wealthy, affluent, well supplied; translit. pu and ve sounds; cf. 不, 布, 補, 婆.


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Mandarin qiǎng // jiàng // qiáng / qiang3 // jiang4 // qiang2
Taiwan ch`iang // chiang / chiang // chiang
Japanese kyou / kyo / きょう
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Chinese to force; to compel; to strive; to make an effort; strong; powerful; better; slightly more than; vigorous; violent; best in their category, e.g. see 百強|百强[bai3 qiang2]; stubborn; unyielding; surname Qiang
Japanese (suffix noun) (1) a little over; a little more than; (2) powerhouse; one of the biggest; one of the most powerful; (personal name) Tsuyomi; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (surname) Tsuyosaki; (personal name) Tsuyoi; (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Susumu; (personal name) Gouji; (personal name) Gou; (surname) Kowa; (personal name) Kyouji; (given name) Kyou
Strong, forceful, violent; to force; to strengthen.

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Mandarin xīn / xin1
Taiwan hsin
Japanese yoshi / よし    yasushi / やすし    motomu / もとむ    hanako / はなこ    shin / しん    kon / こん    kinji / きんじ    kin / きん
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Chinese happy
Japanese (personal name) Yoshi; (given name) Yasushi; (given name) Motomu; (female given name) Hanako; (personal name) Shin; (given name) Kon; (personal name) Kinji; (given name) Kin
Joyful, elated, elevated.


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Mandarin huān / huan1
Taiwan huan
Japanese kan / かん
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Chinese joyous; happy; pleased
Japanese (personal name) Kan
nanda. Pleased, glad; to be happy

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Mandarin chāo / chao1
Taiwan ch`ao / chao
Japanese chou(p);choo / cho(p);choo / ちょう(P);チョー
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Chinese to exceed; to overtake; to surpass; to transcend; to pass; to cross; ultra-; super-
Japanese (n,n-suf,pref) (1) super-; ultra-; hyper-; very; really; (n,n-suf) (2) over (after a number or counter); more than; (given name) Wataru; (given name) Masaru; (personal name) Tooru; (given name) Takashi; (given name) Susumu; (personal name) Suguru; (female given name) Koyuru
vikrama. Leap over, surpass; exempt from; to save.; Two ways of passing over (to bliss): 豎 the lengthwise, or long way (of Hīnayāna); and 橫 the crosswise, or short way of Mahāyāna.

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Mandarin guǐ / gui3
Taiwan kuei
Japanese oni(p);ki / おに(P);き
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Chinese ghost; demon; terrible; damnable; clever; sly; crafty; (suffix for sb with a certain vice or addiction etc); one of the 28 constellations
Japanese (1) oni; ogre; demon; (2) (See 亡魂) spirit of a deceased person; (3) (おに only) ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.); (4) (おに only) (See 鬼ごっこ・おにごっこ) it (in a game of tag, hide-and-seek, etc.); (5) (き only) {astron} (See 二十八宿,朱雀・すざく・2) Chinese "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (prefix) (6) (おに only) (slang) (See 超・1) very; extremely; super-; (surname) Miniwa; (surname) Kisaragi; (surname) Oniyanagi; (personal name) Onikatsu; (surname) Oni
preta 薜荔多, departed, dead; a disembodied spirit, dead person, ghost; a demon, evil being; especially a 餓鬼 hungry ghost. They are of many kinds. The Fan-i ming i classifies them as poor, medium, and rich; each again thrice subdivided: (1) (a) with mouths like burning torches; (b) throats no bigger than needles; (c) vile breath, disgusting to themselves; (2) (a) needle-haired, self-piercing; (b) hair sharp and stinking; (c) having great wens on whose pus they must feed. (3) (a) living on the remains of sacrifices; (b) on leavings in general; (c) powerful ones, yakṣas, rākṣasas, piśācas, etc. All belong to the realm of Yama, whence they are sent everywhere, consequently are ubiquitous in every house, lane, market, mound, stream, tree, etc.

上進


上进

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Mandarin shàng jìn / shang4 jin4
Taiwan shang chin
Japanese joushin / joshin / じょうしん
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Chinese to make progress; to do better; fig. ambitious to improve oneself; to move forwards
Japanese (noun/participle) progress; advance; (given name) Joushin
advance

友人

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Mandarin yǒu rén / you3 ren2
Taiwan yu jen
Japanese yuujin / yujin / ゆうじん
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Chinese friend
Japanese (more formal than 友達) (See 友達) friend; (personal name) Yuuto; (given name) Yuujin; (given name) Tomohito

幸福

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Mandarin xìng fú / xing4 fu2
Taiwan hsing fu
Japanese koufuku / kofuku / こうふく
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Chinese happiness; happy; blessed
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) happiness; well-being; joy; welfare; blessedness; (surname, female given name) Shiawase; (female given name) Saki; (place-name, surname) Koufuku

快樂


快乐

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Mandarin kuài lè / kuai4 le4
Taiwan k`uai le / kuai le
Japanese keraku
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Chinese happy; merry
Joyful.

改善

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Mandarin gǎi shàn / gai3 shan4
Taiwan kai shan
Japanese kaizen / かいぜん
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Chinese to make better; to improve; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) betterment; improvement; (2) (kana only) (often written カイゼン) kaizen (Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement)

日漸


日渐

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Mandarin rì jiàn / ri4 jian4
Taiwan jih chien
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Chinese to progress (or increase, change etc) day by day; more (or better etc) with each passing day

肥沃

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Mandarin féi wò / fei2 wo4
Taiwan fei wo
Japanese hiyoku / ひよく
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Chinese fertile
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) fertile; rich; productive

開花


开花

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Mandarin kāi huā / kai1 hua1
Taiwan k`ai hua / kai hua
Japanese kaika / かいか
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Chinese to bloom; to blossom; to flower; fig. to burst open; to feel happy or elated; new development grows out
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) flowers budding; blooming; flowering; (2) showing results; becoming popular; blooming; (female given name) Haruka; (female given name) Kaiha; (female given name) Kaika

リッチ

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Japanese ricchi / リッチ
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Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) rich; (personal name) Ricci; Rich

同甘共苦

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Mandarin tóng gān gòng kǔ / tong2 gan1 gong4 ku3
Taiwan t`ung kan kung k`u / tung kan kung ku
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Chinese shared delights and common hardships (idiom); to share life's joys and sorrows; for better or for worse

寧死不屈


宁死不屈

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Mandarin nìng sǐ bù qū / ning4 si3 bu4 qu1
Taiwan ning ssu pu ch`ü / ning ssu pu chü
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Chinese rather die than submit (idiom)

寧缺毋濫


宁缺毋滥

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Mandarin nìng quē wú làn / ning4 que1 wu2 lan4
Taiwan ning ch`üeh wu lan / ning chüeh wu lan
Chinese better to have nothing (than substandard choice) (idiom); would prefer to go without than accept shoddy option

捨生取義


舍生取义

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Mandarin shě shēng qǔ yì / she3 sheng1 qu3 yi4
Taiwan she sheng ch`ü i / she sheng chü i
Chinese to give up life for righteousness (idiom, from Mencius); to choose honor over life; would rather sacrifice one's life than one's principles

新年快樂


新年快乐

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Mandarin xīn nián kuài lè / xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
Taiwan hsin nien k`uai le / hsin nien kuai le
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Chinese Happy New Year!

狡兔三窟

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Mandarin jiǎo tù sān kū / jiao3 tu4 san1 ku1
Taiwan chiao t`u san k`u / chiao tu san ku
Chinese lit. a crafty rabbit has three burrows; a sly individual has more than one plan to fall back on (idiom)

生日快樂


生日快乐

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Mandarin shēng rì kuài lè / sheng1 ri4 kuai4 le4
Taiwan sheng jih k`uai le / sheng jih kuai le
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Chinese Happy birthday

百年好合

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Mandarin bǎi nián hǎo hé / bai3 nian2 hao3 he2
Taiwan pai nien hao ho
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Chinese may you live a long and happy life together (wedding greeting)

百戦錬磨

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Japanese hyakusenrenma / ひゃくせんれんま Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) veteran; (someone) schooled by adversity in many battles; (someone) rich in life's experience gained through much adversity

知子莫若父

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Mandarin zhī zǐ mò ruò fù / zhi1 zi3 mo4 ruo4 fu4
Taiwan chih tzu mo jo fu
Chinese nobody understands one's son better than his father (idiom)

百聞不如一見


百闻不如一见

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Mandarin bǎi wén bù rú yī jiàn / bai3 wen2 bu4 ru2 yi1 jian4
Taiwan pai wen pu ju i chien
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Chinese seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times (idiom); seeing for oneself is better than hearing from many others; seeing is believing

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Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Better to be Happy than Rich安貧樂道
安贫乐道
ān pín lè dào
an1 pin2 le4 dao4
an pin le dao
anpinledao
an p`in le tao
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