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Diligence Scroll

勤 is a single character that means diligence or “sense of duty” in Chinese and Korean (also understood in Japanese but not commonly seen as a stand-alone Kanji).

As a single character on a wall scroll, this will only be seen with this meaning. However, it can also mean industrious, hardworking, frequent, regular, constant, energy, zeal, fortitude, or virility.

In Buddhism, this can represent vīrya (viriya), the idea of energy, diligence, enthusiasm, or effort. It can be defined as an attitude of gladly engaging in wholesome activities, and it functions to cause one to accomplish wholesome or virtuous actions. Some Buddhists may even define this as “manliness” (a definition from a hundred years ago, before equality).

If you or someone you know is a hard worker (or needs a reminder to be diligent), then this is the wall scroll to have in your/their office.

See Also:  Tenacity | Undaunted

Always with a Book in Hand

 shǒu bù shì juàn
Always with a Book in Hand Scroll

手不釋卷 is a Chinese proverb that literally means “always with a book in hand.”

It's a proverb said of a hardworking scholar or student.

This may refer to a student or scholar who is diligent and hardworking. It's a great gift for a student or scholar who loves books.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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diligent; industrious; hardworking; frequent; regular; constant
(personal name) Tsutome
vīrya, energy, zeal, fortitude, virility; intp. also as 精進 one of the pāramitās; to strive


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kè kǔ
    ke4 ku3
k`o k`u
    ko ku

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Hard Work
hardworking; assiduous
(n,vs,vi) hard work
to work hard


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 chuujitsu / chujitsu

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Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) (kana only) diligent; hardworking; conscientious; sincere; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) (kana only) healthy; fit; (noun or adjectival noun) (3) (archaism) (See 忠実・ちゅうじつ) faithful; devoted; (given name) Chuujitsu



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shǒu bù shì juàn
    shou3 bu4 shi4 juan4
shou pu shih chüan

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Always with a Book in Hand
lit. always with a book in hand (idiom); fig. (of a student or scholar) diligent and hardworking

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to be hardworking; luxuriant; splendid
(male given name) Tsutomu



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qín jiǎn
    qin2 jian3
ch`in chien
    chin chien
hardworking and frugal


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qín lì
    qin2 li4
ch`in li
    chin li
hardworking; diligent



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qín láo
    qin2 lao2
ch`in lao
    chin lao
hardworking; industrious; diligent



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qín fèn
    qin2 fen4
ch`in fen
    chin fen
hardworking; diligent


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qín kuài
    qin2 kuai4
ch`in k`uai
    chin kuai
diligent; hardworking



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qín pǔ
    qin2 pu3
ch`in p`u
    chin pu
simple and industrious; hardworking and frugal


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qín kǔ
    qin2 ku3
ch`in k`u
    chin ku
hardworking; assiduous
(noun/participle) toil and hardship
Devoted and suffering, zealously suffering; to suffer


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zī zī
    zi1 zi1
tzu tzu
diligent; hardworking; industrious; assiduous
(adj-t,adv-to) assiduously; diligently


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xīn qín
    xin1 qin2
hsin ch`in
    hsin chin
hardworking; industrious


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hard worker; hardworking person


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hard worker; hardworking person


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 benkyounesshin / benkyonesshin
(adjectival noun) hardworking; studious



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qín jiǎn wù shí
    qin2 jian3 wu4 shi2
ch`in chien wu shih
    chin chien wu shih
hardworking, thrifty and pragmatic



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qín jiǎn chí jiā
    qin2 jian3 chi2 jia1
ch`in chien ch`ih chia
    chin chien chih chia
hardworking and thrifty in running one's household



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qín jiǎn pǔ shí
    qin2 jian3 pu3 shi2
ch`in chien p`u shih
    chin chien pu shih
hardworking, thrifty, plain, and honest (idiom)



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qín jiǎn pǔ sù
    qin2 jian3 pu3 su4
ch`in chien p`u su
    chin chien pu su
hardworking, thrifty, plain, and simple (idiom)



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chī kǔ nài láo
    chi1 ku3 nai4 lao2
ch`ih k`u nai lao
    chih ku nai lao
hardworking and enduring hardships (idiom)



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jiān kǔ pǔ sù
    jian1 ku3 pu3 su4
chien k`u p`u su
    chien ku pu su
leading a plain, hardworking life (idiom)


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 mamemameshii / mamemameshi
(adjective) (kana only) hardworking; painstaking; diligent; conscientious; sincere


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rì chū ér zuò , rì rù ér xī
    ri4 chu1 er2 zuo4 , ri4 ru4 er2 xi1
jih ch`u erh tso , jih ju erh hsi
    jih chu erh tso , jih ju erh hsi
lit. to get up at sunrise and work until sunset (proverb); fig. to lead a plain and hardworking life

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Diligencekinqín / qin2 / qinch`in / chin
Always with a Book in Hand手不釋卷
shǒu bù shì juàn
shou3 bu4 shi4 juan4
shou bu shi juan
shou pu shih chüan
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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