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Conquer / Conquest

zhēng fú
sei fuku
Conquer / Conquest Scroll

征服 means to conquer or a conquest in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as vanquish, to subdue, subjugation, overcoming, or, to strike.


Note: This is kind of a violent term for a wall scroll but if you really want it, we’ll make it custom for you.

Loving-Kindness Conquers All

cí bēi zhēng fú yī qiè
Loving-Kindness Conquers All Scroll

This is a way to express the idea that mercy, compassion, and loving-kindness can overcome all things.

This phrase is composed of 3 Chinese words:
慈悲 = loving-kindness; mercy; compassion; benevolence. It's used in Buddhism a lot to express the idea of how one should treat everyone else and all living beings.
征服 = to conquer; to subdue; to vanquish; to overcome.
一切 = all; everything; the whole; lock, stock, and barrel; without exception.

Overcome

Overcoming Hardships
kè fú
koku fuku
Overcome Scroll

In Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja, this means "overcome" (as in overcome hardships, etc). It can also mean to conquer, to put up with, or to endure.
This can be a conquest over a problem, disease, handicap, poverty, or illness. Other definitions include overcoming, bringing under control, subjugation, or victory over something.

This can be used as an inspirational wall scroll to remind someone to try to overcome difficulties that may arise in life.

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33

zhī rén zhě zhī yě zì zhī zhě míng yě shèng rén zhě yǒu lì yě zì shèng zhě qiáng yě zhī zú zhě fù yě qiáng xíng zhě yǒu zhì yě bù zhī qí suǒ zhě jiǔ yě sǐ ér bù wáng zhě shòu yě
Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33 Scroll

This is referred to as passage or chapter 33 of the Dao De Jing (often Romanized as "Tao Te Ching").

These are the words of the philosopher Laozi (Lao Tzu).

The following is one translation of this passage:
To know others is wisdom;
To know oneself is acuity/intelligence.
To conquer others is power,
To conquer oneself is strength.
To know contentment is to have wealth.
To act resolutely is to have purpose.
To stay one's ground is to be enduring.
To die and yet not be forgotten is to be long-lived.
Another translation:
To understand others is to be knowledgeable;
To understand yourself is to be wise.
To conquer others is to have strength;
To conquer yourself is to be strong.
To know when you have enough is to be rich.
To go forward with strength is to have ambition.
To not lose your place is to be long lasting.
To die but not be forgotten -- that's true long life.
A third translation of the second half:
He who is content is rich;
He who acts with persistence has will;
He who does not lose his roots will endure;
He who dies physically but preserves the Dao
will enjoy a long after-life.


Notes:

During our research, the Chinese characters shown here are probably the most accurate to the original text of Laozi. These were taken for the most part from the Mawangdui 1973 and Guodan 1993 manuscripts which pre-date other Daodejing texts by about 1000 years.

Grammar was a little different in Laozi’s time. So you should consider this to be the ancient Chinese version. Some have modernized this passage by adding, removing, or swapping articles and changing the grammar (we felt the oldest and most original version would be more desirable). You may find other versions printed in books or online - sometimes these modern texts are simply used to explain to Chinese people what the original text really means.

This language issue can be compared in English by thinking how the King James (known as the Authorized version in Great Britain) Bible from 1611 was written, and comparing it to modern English. Now imagine that the Daodejing was probably written around 403 BCE (2000 years before the King James Version of the Bible). To a Chinese person, the original Daodejing reads like text that is 3 times more detached compared to Shakespeare’s English is to our modern-day speech.

Extended notes:

While on this Biblical text comparison, it should be noted, that just like the Bible, all the original texts of the Daodejing were lost or destroyed long ago. Just as with the scripture used to create the Bible, various manuscripts exist, many with variations or copyist errors. Just as the earliest New Testament scripture (incomplete) is from 170 years after Christ, the earliest Daodejing manuscript (incomplete) is from 100-200 years after the death of Laozi.

The reason that the originals were lost probably has a lot to do with the first Qin Emperor. Upon taking power and unifying China, he ordered the burning and destruction of all books (scrolls/rolls) except those pertaining to Chinese medicine and a few other subjects. The surviving Daodejing manuscripts were either hidden on purpose or simply forgotten about. Some were not unearthed until as late as 1993.

We compared a lot of research by various archeologists and historians before deciding on this as the most accurate and correct version. But one must allow that it may not be perfect, or the actual and original as from the hand of Laozi himself.

Flexibility Overcomes Strength

Softness Overcomes Hardness
yǐ róu kè gāng
Flexibility Overcomes Strength Scroll

This can be translated as "Softness Overcomes Hardness", "Flexibility Overcomes Power", "Flexibility Overcomes Strength", "Overcoming Powerful Strength with Flexibility", or "Use Softness to Conquer Strength".


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Conquer
Conquest
征服sei fuku / seifukuzhēng fú / zheng1 fu2 / zheng fu / zhengfucheng fu / chengfu
Loving-Kindness Conquers All慈悲征服一切cí bēi zhēng fú yī qiè
ci2 bei1 zheng1 fu2 yi1 qie4
ci bei zheng fu yi qie
cibeizhengfuyiqie
tz`u pei cheng fu i ch`ieh
tzupeichengfuichieh
tzu pei cheng fu i chieh
Overcome克服 / 剋服
克服
koku fuku / kokufukukè fú / ke4 fu2 / ke fu / kefuk`o fu / kofu / ko fu
Daodejing
Tao Te Ching - Chapter 33
知人者知也自知者明也勝人者有力也自勝者強也知足者富也強行者有志也不失其所者久也死而不亡者壽也
知人者知也自知者明也胜人者有力也自胜者强也知足者富也强行者有志也不失其所者久也死而不亡者寿也
zhī rén zhě zhī yě zì zhī zhě míng yě shèng rén zhě yǒu lì yě zì shèng zhě qiáng yě zhī zú zhě fù yě qiáng xíng zhě yǒu zhì yě bù zhī qí suǒ zhě jiǔ yě sǐ ér bù wáng zhě shòu yě
zhi1 ren2 zhe3 zhi1 ye3 zi4 zhi1 zhe3 ming2 ye3 sheng4 ren2 zhe3 you3 li4 ye3 zi4 sheng4 zhe3 qiang2 ye3 zhi1 zu2 zhe3 fu4 ye3 qiang2 xing2 zhe3 you3 zhi4 ye3 bu4 zhi1 qi2 suo3 zhe3 jiu3 ye3 si3 er2 bu4 wang2 zhe3 shou4 ye3
zhi ren zhe zhi ye zi zhi zhe ming ye sheng ren zhe you li ye zi sheng zhe qiang ye zhi zu zhe fu ye qiang xing zhe you zhi ye bu zhi qi suo zhe jiu ye si er bu wang zhe shou ye
chih jen che chih yeh tzu chih che ming yeh sheng jen che yu li yeh tzu sheng che ch`iang yeh chih tsu che fu yeh ch`iang hsing che yu chih yeh pu chih ch`i so che chiu yeh ssu erh pu wang che shou yeh
chih jen che chih yeh tzu chih che ming yeh sheng jen che yu li yeh tzu sheng che chiang yeh chih tsu che fu yeh chiang hsing che yu chih yeh pu chih chi so che chiu yeh ssu erh pu wang che shou yeh
Flexibility Overcomes Strength以柔克剛
以柔克刚
yǐ róu kè gāng
yi3 rou2 ke4 gang1
yi rou ke gang
yiroukegang
i jou k`o kang
ijoukokang
i jou ko kang
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

克服

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kè fú
    ke4 fu2
k`o fu
    ko fu
 kokufuku
    こくふく
Flexibility Overcomes Strength Scroll
(try to) overcome (hardships etc); to conquer; to put up with; to endure
(noun/participle) conquest (of a difficulty, illness, handicap, etc.); overcoming; bringing under control; subjugation; victory over

征服

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zhēng fú
    zheng1 fu2
cheng fu
 seifuku / sefuku
    せいふく
Flexibility Overcomes Strength Scroll
to conquer; to subdue; to vanquish
(noun/participle) conquest; subjugation; overcoming
to strike

以柔克剛


以柔克刚

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yǐ róu kè gāng
    yi3 rou2 ke4 gang1
i jou k`o kang
    i jou ko kang
Flexibility Overcomes Strength Scroll
to use softness to conquer strength (idiom)

力征

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lì zhēng
    li4 zheng1
li cheng
by force; to conquer by force of arms; power

征く

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 yuku
    ゆく
(Godan verb with "ku" ending) to conquer; to subjugate

打下

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dǎ xià
    da3 xia4
ta hsia
 uchioroshi
    うちおろし
to lay (a foundation); to conquer (a city etc); to shoot down (a bird etc)
(place-name) Uchioroshi

摧破

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cuī pò
    cui1 po4
ts`ui p`o
    tsui po
 zaiha
to conquer; to conquer

攻滅


攻灭

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gōng miè
    gong1 mie4
kung mieh
to conquer; to defeat (militarily)

征する

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 seisuru / sesuru
    せいする
(vs-s,vt) to conquer; to subjugate; to overcome

従える

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 shitagaeru
    したがえる
(transitive verb) (1) to be accompanied by; (2) to conquer; to subjugate; to subdue

打勝つ

see styles
 uchikatsu
    うちかつ
(v5t,vi) (1) to conquer (e.g. an enemy); to defeat; (2) to overcome (a difficulty); (3) to out-hit

打天下

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dǎ tiān xià
    da3 tian1 xia4
ta t`ien hsia
    ta tien hsia
to seize power; to conquer the world; to establish and expand a business; to carve out a career for oneself

靡かす

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 nabikasu
    なびかす
(transitive verb) to seduce; to win over; to conquer

人定勝天


人定胜天

see styles
rén dìng shèng tiān
    ren2 ding4 sheng4 tian1
jen ting sheng t`ien
    jen ting sheng tien
man can conquer nature (idiom); human wisdom can prevail over nature

假道伐虢

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jiǎ dào fá guó
    jia3 dao4 fa2 guo2
chia tao fa kuo
to obtain safe passage to conquer the State of Guo; to borrow the resources of an ally to attack a common enemy (idiom)

分割統治

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 bunkatsutouchi / bunkatsutochi
    ぶんかつとうち
divide and rule; divide and conquer

分而治之

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fēn ér zhì zhī
    fen1 er2 zhi4 zhi1
fen erh chih chih
divide and rule (strategy); divide and conquer

化整為零


化整为零

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huà zhěng wéi líng
    hua4 zheng3 wei2 ling2
hua cheng wei ling
to break up the whole into pieces (idiom); dealing with things one by one; divide and conquer

打ち勝つ

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 uchikatsu
    うちかつ
(v5t,vi) (1) to conquer (e.g. an enemy); to defeat; (2) to overcome (a difficulty); (3) to out-hit

無堅不摧


无坚不摧

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wú jiān bù cuī
    wu2 jian1 bu4 cui1
wu chien pu ts`ui
    wu chien pu tsui
no stronghold one cannot overcome (idiom); to conquer every obstacle; nothing one can't do; to carry everything before one

遠交近攻

see styles
 enkoukinkou / enkokinko
    えんこうきんこう
(yoji) policy of cultivating distant countries while working to conquer those nearby

分割統治法

see styles
 bunkatsutouchihou / bunkatsutochiho
    ぶんかつとうちほう
{comp} divide and conquer

Variations:
従える(P)
随える

see styles
 shitagaeru
    したがえる
(transitive verb) (1) to be accompanied by; to be attended by; to take along (someone); (transitive verb) (2) to conquer; to subjugate; to subdue

Variations:
打ち勝つ
打ち克つ
打勝つ
打克つ

see styles
 uchikatsu
    うちかつ
(v5t,vi) (1) (打ち勝つ, 打勝つ only) to conquer (e.g. an enemy); to defeat; (v5t,vi) (2) to overcome (a difficulty); (v5t,vi) (3) (打ち勝つ, 打勝つ only) to out-hit

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