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12. Osu No Seishin
13. Resolute Mind
14. Live Free or Die
決心 is a Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word that holds the dictionary definition of determination but literally means determined heart.
The first character means to determine or determined.
The second character means heart, mind, or soul, so you can imagine that this form of determination partially means putting your heart into something. It can also be translated as resolve, resolution, or decision (as in a decision made and followed).
This can be translated as unwavering determination, unwavering resolve, or strong determination.
堅定 means unwavering, firm, steady, staunch, and/or resolute.
決心 means determination, resolve, resolution, determined, firm and resolute, or to make up one's mind.
If you want a longer version, 堅定不移的決心 is also a popular phrase with a similar meaning. Contact me if you want that instead.
意志 is a Chinese, Korean, and Japanese word that means “determination to achieve.” It can also be translated as: will; willpower; determination; volition; intention; or intent.
In Japanese, this can also be the given name, Ishi.
一念発起 is a Japanese proverb, “Ichinen Hokki,” which suggests being resolved to do something or having a wholehearted intention to accomplish something.
Some will translate this as “the determination to accomplish something,” or “turning over a new leaf and being determined to find success.”
The first two characters mean resolute with firm determination.
The second two characters mean reliable.
Together, this creates a 4-character expression that means dependable.
意志堅強 can mean either “strong-hearted,” “strong-willed” or “determination.”
The first two characters can be translated as “will,” “willpower,” “determination,” “volition,” “intention,” or “intent.” But, it should be noted that this first part possesses the element of “heart” in the lower portion of both characters (they also partially carry the meaning “with the whole heart”).
The last two characters mean “strong” or “staunch.”
Chinese word order and grammar are a bit different than English, so in this case, they are in reverse order of English but have the correct meaning in a natural form.
頑強 means “Tenacious,” “Hard to Defeat,” or “Dogged.”
Alone, the first character means mischievous, obstinate, or stubborn. But it loses some of the mischievous meaning when the second character is added.
The second character means strength, force, power, or better.
意志力 is a form of willpower or self-control and is about having the determination or tenacity to keep going.
In Japanese, this is the power of will, the strength of will, volition, intention, intent, or determination.
やる気 means motivation in Japanese.
It also can be translated as willingness (e.g., to do something), eagerness, inspiration, determination, totally willing, fully motivated, and high aspirations.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
押忍の精神 is the name Osu No Seishin or “Spirit of Osu” in Japanese.
This Spirit of Osu is an essential concept in Karate. You will hear “Osu!” shouted in every Karate dojo which is not just a sign of respect and obedience to the Sensei but also means patience, determination, and perseverance. Shouting “Osu!” serves as a reminder to embody these qualities.
決定心 means the mind of certainty, resolute mind, imperturbable mind, firm determination, firm resolution, or stable commitment.
In the context of Buddhism, this is the deep resolution needed to attain enlightenment.
If you go to a deeper meaning, this is a condition of settling into the thought that occurs in the process of perception subsequent to the “seeking mind” or “尋求心.”
Give me liberty or give me death
不自由毋寧死 means “Give me liberty or give me death” in Chinese.
This is also the best way to say, “Live free or die.”
The characters break down this way:
不 = Not; none; without.
自由 = Freedom; liberty; freewill; self-determination.
毋寧 = Rather; would rather; rather be.
死 = Dead; death.
This will go nicely next to your “Don't tread on me” flag. This phrase is known well enough in China that it's listed in a few dictionaries. Though I doubt you will find too many Chinese citizens willing to yell this on the steps of the capital in Beijing.
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|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|kesshin / keshin||jué xīn / jue2 xin1 / jue xin / juexin||chüeh hsin / chüehhsin|
|Esprit de Corps|
|志気||shi ki / shi ge|
shiki / shige
|Unwavering Determination and Resolve||堅定決心|
|jiān dìng jué xīn|
jian1 ding4 jue2 xin1
jian ding jue xin
|chien ting chüeh hsin
|Determination to Achieve|
|意志||ishi||yì zhì / yi4 zhi4 / yi zhi / yizhi||i chih / ichih|
|Determination to Achieve||一念発起||ichi nen ho kki|
ichi nen ho ki
Firm and Persistent
|jiān yì / jian1 yi4 / jian yi / jianyi||chien i / chieni|
|jiān yì kě kào|
jian1 yi4 ke3 kao4
jian yi ke kao
|chien i k`o k`ao
chien i ko kao
|yì zhì jiān qiáng|
yi4 zhi4 jian1 qiang2
yi zhi jian qiang
|i chih chien ch`iang
i chih chien chiang
|gan kyou / gankyou / gan kyo||wán qiáng|
|意志力||ishi ryoku / ishiryoku||yì zhì lì|
yi4 zhi4 li4
yi zhi li
|i chih li
|Osu No Seishin||押忍の精神||o su no sei shin|
|jué dìng xīn|
jue2 ding4 xin1
jue ding xin
|chüeh ting hsin
|Live Free or Die||不自由毋寧死|
|bú zì yóu wú nìng sǐ|
bu2 zi4 you2 wu2 ning4 si3
bu zi you wu ning si
|pu tzu yu wu ning ssu
|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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