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望 holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.
望 is one of those single characters that is vague but in that vagueness, in also means many things.
望 is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.
This Chinese proverb implies that having great ambitions also means that others will not understand your great expectations and ideas.
Though the actual words come from a longer saying of Confucius which goes, "The little swallows living under the eaves wouldn't understand the lofty ambitions of a swan (who flies far and wide)".
This Confucius quote has led to this idiomatic expression in China that means "think big". What you'd really be saying is "The lofty ambitions of a swan".
Note that Chinese people sometimes refer to the little swallow, as one who does not "think big" but is, instead, stuck in a rut, or just leading a mundane life. Therefore, it's a compliment to be called a swan but not a good thing to be called a swallow.
This was a sort of motto or proverb invoked by William Clark, after being hired by the Emperor of Japan in 1876 to establish a university in Hokkaido, Japan.
This phrase is famous across all generations of Japan since that time.
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大望 is one of a few ways to write "dream big" in Japanese.
大望 is a good title if you want that to inspire ambition or high aspirations. 大望 is also a way to say "great expectations".
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Great Expectations||望||bou / nozomi|
bo / nozomi
bo / nozomi
|wàng / wang4 / wang|
|hóng hú zhī zhì|
hong2 hu2 zhi1 zhi4
hong hu zhi zhi
|hung hu chih chih
|大志を抱||tai shi wo idaku|
|Boys be Ambitious||少年よ大志を抱け||shou nen yo tai shi o ida ke|
sho nen yo tai shi o ida ke
|大望||tai mou / taimou / tai mo / taimo|
|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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|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| hòu wàng
great hopes; great expectations
| zhòng wàng
renowned; prestigious; great hopes; expectations
(personal name) Shigemochi
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