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No one knows a son better than the father

China zhī zǐ mò ruò fù
No one knows a son better than the father Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be translated as "No one knows a son better than his father."

This idiom is based on the idea that after spending many years together, family members know everything about each other. Better than anyone else, a father knows the qualities and shortcomings of his son.

If you are looking for something about "father and son," this is probably the best selection.

知子莫若父 is the original proverb (very old) but others have been composed about various combinations of mothers, sons, daughters, and fathers.

Father and Son

Japan chichi musuko
Father and Son Vertical Wall Scroll

父息子 is "father and son" in Japanese.

Father and Son

China fù yù zǐ
Father and Son Vertical Wall Scroll

父與子 is the simple term for "Father and Son."

However, we like some of our other tribute phrases to fathers better than this one.


China bàn
Japan kizuna
Bond Vertical Wall Scroll

This Kanji represents a bond, as in the bond between mother and daughter, father and son, family ties, or a family bond.

絆 is the kind of character that says, no matter what happens (difficult times), we have this bond that cannot be broken.

If you go to the Japanese dictionary, the definition is: bonds (between people); (emotional) ties; relationship; connection; link; tether; fetters.

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This Kanji is best if your audience is Japanese. While this is also a Chinese character, it has a completely different meaning in Chinese (it means to hinder or stumble in Chinese). It's a very rare character in Korean Hanja but does mean bond in Korean (used in Korean words for certain kinds of glue and sticking plaster).

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Mandarin fù cí zǐ xiào / fu4 ci2 zi3 xiao4
Taiwan fu tz`u tzu hsiao / fu tzu tzu hsiao
Bond Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese benevolent father, filial son (idiom); natural love between parents and children


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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)

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Mandarin céng / ceng2
Taiwan ts`eng / tseng
Japanese sō / そん
Chinese great-grand (father, child etc)
Japanese (prefix) great (i.e. great-grandson, great-grandmother); (surname) Son


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Mandarin sān wèi / san1 wei4
Taiwan san wei
Japanese san'i / さんみ;さんい
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) third rank (in the Japanese court system); (2) trinity (Christianity); the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; (surname) Mitsui
three stages



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Mandarin sān cóng / san1 cong2
Taiwan san ts`ung / san tsung
Japanese san shō
A woman's three subordinations, to father, husband, and son; stated in several sūtras, e.g. 四十華嚴經28.



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Mandarin wǔ lún / wu3 lun2
Taiwan wu lun
Japanese gorin / ごりん
Chinese the five Confucian relationships (ruler-subject, father-son, brother-brother, husband-wife, friend-friend)
Japanese the five Confucian filial-piety relationships


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Mandarin wǔ cháng / wu3 chang2
Taiwan wu ch`ang / wu chang
Japanese go jō / ごじょう
Chinese five constant virtues of Confucianism, namely: benevolence 仁, righteousness 義|义, propriety 禮|礼, wisdom 智 and fidelity 信; five cardinal relationships of Confucianism (between ruler and subject, father and son, husband and wife, brothers, friends); five phases of Chinese philosophy: water 水, fire 火, wood 木, metal 金, earth 土
Japanese the five cardinal Confucian virtues (justice, politeness, wisdom, fidelity and benevolence); (place-name) Gojou
five constant [virtues]



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Mandarin yà suǒ / ya4 suo3
Taiwan ya so
Chinese Azor (son of Eliakim and father of Zadok in Matthew 1:13-14)


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Japanese taikou / taiko / たいこう Japanese (honorific or respectful language) taiko; title for a regent, later for the grand chancellor, also for the father of an Imperial adviser (advisor) who passed the role to his son


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Japanese taikou / taiko / たいこう Japanese (honorific or respectful language) taiko; title for a regent, later for the grand chancellor, also for the father of an Imperial adviser (advisor) who passed the role to his son; (place-name) Taikou



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Mandarin gū ye / gu1 ye5
Taiwan ku yeh
Chinese son-in-law (used by wife's family); uncle (husband of father's sister)



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Mandarin jiā ér / jia1 er2
Taiwan chia erh
Chinese (old) child, particularly referring to the son who resembles his father


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Mandarin sǎ dū / sa3 du1
Taiwan sa tu
Chinese Zadok (son of Azor and father of Achim in Matthew 1:13)



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Mandarin jiǎn gǔ / jian3 gu3
Taiwan chien ku
Chinese bone-gathering, a custom of Fujian and Taiwan in which a son recovers the bones of his deceased father from the grave and places them in an urn for permanent storage at a different location


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Mandarin fù zǐ / fu4 zi3
Taiwan fu tzu
Japanese fushi / ふし
Chinese father and son
Japanese father and child; father and son; father and daughter; (place-name) Chichishi
fathers and sons


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Mandarin wēng xù / weng1 xu4
Taiwan weng hsü
Chinese father-in-law (wife's father) and son-in-law


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Mandarin zhì shā / zhi4 sha1
Taiwan chih sha
Japanese Shisha
帝沙 Tiṣya, an ancient Buddha. The father of Śāriputra. A son of Śuklodana.


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Mandarin biǎo shū / biao3 shu1
Taiwan piao shu
Chinese son of grandfather's sister; son of grandmother's brother or sister; father's younger male cousin; (Hong Kong slang) mainlander



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Mandarin guì jiàn / gui4 jian4
Taiwan kuei chien
Japanese kizen / きせん
Chinese noble and lowly; high versus low social hierarchy of ruler to people, father to son, husband to wife in Confucianism
Japanese high and low; all ranks
Dear and cheap; noble and base; your and my.



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Mandarin mǎ dàn / ma3 dan4
Taiwan ma tan
Chinese Matthan, son of Eleazar and father of Jakob in Matthew 1.15



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Mandarin pí liú lí / pi2 liu2 li2
Taiwan p`i liu li / pi liu li
Japanese Biruri
Virūḍhaka. Known as Crystal king, and as 惡生王 Ill-born king. (1) A king of Kośala (son of Prasenajit), destroyer of Kapilavastu. (2) Ikṣvāku, father of the four founders of Kapilavastu. (3) One of the four mahārājas, guardian of the south, king of kumbhāṇḍas, worshipped in China as one of the twenty-four deva āryas; colour blue. Also, 毘璢王; 流離王; 婁勒王 (毘婁勒王); 樓黎王 (維樓黎王); 毘盧釋迦王 (or 毘盧宅迦王); 鼻溜茶迦, etc.



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Mandarin bái fàn wáng / bai2 fan4 wang2
Taiwan pai fan wang
Japanese Byakuhan ō
Śuklodana-rāja, a prince of Kapilavastu, second son of Siṃhahanu, father of Tiṣya 帝沙, devadatta 調達, and Nandika 難提迦. Eitel; Śuklôdana-rāja



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Mandarin luó huó luó / luo2 huo2 luo2
Taiwan lo huo lo
Japanese Ragora
Rāhula, the eldest son of Śākyamuni and Yaśodharā; also羅睺; 羅吼; 羅云; 羅雲; 曷怙羅 or 何怙羅 or 羅怙羅. He is supposed to have been in the womb for six years and born when his father attained buddhahood; also said to have been born during an eclipse, and thus acquired his name, though it is defined in other ways; his father did not see him till he was six years old. He became a disciple of the Hīnayāna, but is said to have become a Mahāyānist when his father preached this final perfect doctrine, a statement gainsaid by his being recognized as founder of the Vaibhāṣika school. He is to be reborn as the eldest son of every buddha, hence is sometimes called the son of Ānanda.



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Mandarin bǔ jié suō / bu3 jie2 suo1
Taiwan pu chieh so
Japanese fukasha
paulkasa, an aboriginal, or the son 'of a śūdra father and of a kshatryā mother' (M.W.); intp. as low caste, scavenger, also an unbeliever (in the Buddhist doctrine of 因果 or retribution); (Skt. pukkasa)


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Mandarin bǔ jié pó / bu3 jie2 po2
Taiwan pu chieh p`o / pu chieh po
[Note: 婆 should probably be 娑] paulkasa, an aboriginal, or the son 'of a śūdra father and of a kshatryā mother' (M.W.); intp. as low caste, scavenger, also an unbeliever (in the Buddhist doctrine of 因果 or retribution).



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Mandarin ā shé shì / a1 she2 shi4
Taiwan a she shih
Japanese Ajase / あじゃせ
Japanese (surname) Ajase
Ajātaśatru, 阿闍貰; 阿闍多設咄路; 未生怨 'Enemy before birth'; a king of Magadha whose father, Bimbisāra, is said to have sought to kill him as ill-omened. When grown up he killed his father and ascended the throne. At first inimical to Śākyamuni, later he was converted and became noted for his liberality; died circa 519 B.C. Also called 'Broken fingers' and Kṣemadarśin. His son and successor was Udāyi; and a daughter was ? Aśu-dharā. According to a Tibetan legend an infant son of Ajātaśatru was kidnapped, or exposed, and finally became king of Tibet named ~Na-khri-btsan-po.



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Mandarin sān cóng sì dé / san1 cong2 si4 de2
Taiwan san ts`ung ssu te / san tsung ssu te
Chinese Confucian moral injunctions for women, namely: obey in turn three men father, husband and son, plus the four virtues of morality 德, physical charm 容, propriety in speech 言 and efficiency in needlework 功



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Mandarin sān gāng wǔ cháng / san1 gang1 wu3 chang2
Taiwan san kang wu ch`ang / san kang wu chang
Chinese three principles and five virtues (idiom); the three rules (ruler guides subject, father guides son and husband guides wife) and five constant virtues of Confucianism (benevolence 仁, righteousness 義|义, propriety 禮|礼, wisdom 智 and fidelity 信)



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Mandarin wǔ zhàng sān cóng / wu3 zhang4 san1 cong2
Taiwan wu chang san ts`ung / wu chang san tsung
Japanese goshō sanshō
The five hindrances to woman, see above, and her three subordinations, i. e. to father, husband. and son; five hindrances and three subordinates



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Mandarin yǐ lì yà jìng / yi3 li4 ya4 jing4
Taiwan i li ya ching
Chinese Eliakim (name, Hebrew: God will raise up); Eliakim, servant of the Lord in Isaiah 22:20; Eliakim, son of Abiud and father of Azor in Matthew 1:13

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
No one knows a son better than the father知子莫若父zhī zǐ mò ruò fù
zhi1 zi3 mo4 ruo4 fu4
zhi zi mo ruo fu
chih tzu mo jo fu
Father and Son父息子chichi musuko
Father and Son父與子
fù yù zǐ
fu4 yu4 zi3
fu yu zi
fu yü tzu
kizunabàn / ban4 / banpan
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