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  1. Zheng

  2. Wei Zheng

  3. Diligent Study Proverb

  4. Great Aspirations / Ambition

  5. Bounce Back / Stage a Comeback

  6. Brief and to the Point

  7. Death Before Dishonor

  8. Mark the boat to find the lost sword / Ignoring the changing circumstances of the world

  9. Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity

10. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon


zhèng
tei
Zheng Scroll

鄭 is the most common character that romanizes as Zheng, a surname in China.

This can also refer to the state of Zheng during the Warring States period of China.

In Korea, this can be the original way to write the surname Jeong in the old days (now it's 정 in modern Korea). Can also romanize from Korean as Chung or Jung.

This can romanize as the following names/surnames in Japanese: Tei; Ti; Te; Tsun; Dziyon; Chiyon; Chon; Chou; Chun; Chuu; Chien; Zen; Jiyon; Jon; Jou; Jun.

wèi zhēng
Wei Zheng Scroll

魏徵 is the name Wei Zheng, the Tang Dynasty politician and historian.

Known for rebelling against and later documenting the history of the Sui Dynasty which proceeded Tang.

Diligent Study Proverb

Drill a hole in the wall to get light to read by.
záo bì tōu guāng
Diligent Study Proverb Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "Bore a hole on the wall to make use of the neighbor's light to study".

鑿壁偷光 is a nice gift for a very studious person.

Kuang Heng was born during the Western Han period. He was very fond of reading ever since he was young. However, he could not go to school since his family was poor, and he had to borrow books from people to learn.

In order to borrow these books he normally did chores for people who had them. When he became older, he had to work in the field from sunrise to sunset since his family's financial situation did not get any better. Thus, he tried to study at night but he had no lamp.

One day, he noticed that there was light from the neighbor's house coming through a crack in the wall. This made him very happy, so he dug a larger hole from the crack and read in the light that shone through. This diligent study eventually made him an accomplished person.

Great Aspirations / Ambition

hóng hú zhī zhì
Great Aspirations / Ambition Scroll

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.

Bounce Back / Stage a Comeback

dōng shān zài qǐ
Bounce Back / Stage a Comeback Scroll

東山再起 is a Chinese proverb that means, "make a comeback", or "resuming after a failure".

It's sometimes used in terms of losing a job and then getting it back. However, it applies to any kind of comeback after difficulty.

The literal meaning of this Chinese idiom is, "[The] Eastern Mountain Again [will] Rise".

Brief and to the Point

Speak simply, while expressing your idea completely
yán jiǎn yì gāi
Brief and to the Point Scroll

言簡意賅 is a Chinese proverb that suggestions it is better to be brief, use fewer words, while still expressing your main point or idea.

In another way to explain this, one should not use 100 words when 50 will do, or, being more concise with your speech.

This can also be translated as concise, compendious, "brief in form but comprehensive in scope" or succinct.

言簡意賅 is a bit more positive than our other proverb for brevity.

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
níng wéi yù suì
Death Before Dishonor Scroll

寧為玉碎 is the short version of a longer Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery".

寧為玉碎 just say the "rather be a broken piece of jade" part (the second half is implied - everyone in China knows this idiom).

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

寧為玉碎 is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor", the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees".

Mark the boat to find the lost sword / Ignoring the changing circumstances of the world

kè zhōu qiú jiàn
kokushuukyuuken
Mark the boat to find the lost sword / Ignoring the changing circumstances of the world Scroll

刻舟求劍 is an originally-Chinese proverb which serves as a warning to people that things are always in a state of change.

Thus, you must take that into account, and not depend on the old ways, or a way that may have worked in the past but is no longer valid.

This idiom/proverb comes from the following story:
A man was traveling in a ferry boat across a river. With him, he carried a valuable and treasured sword. Along the way, the man became overwhelmed and intoxicated by the beautiful view, and accidentally dropped his prized sword into the river. Thinking quickly, he pulled out a knife and marked on the rail of the boat where exactly he has lost his sword.

When the boat arrived on the other side of the river, the man jumped out of the boat and searched for his sword right under where he'd made the mark. Of course, the boat had moved a great distance since he made the mark, and thus, he could not find the sword.

While this man may seem foolhardy, we have to take a great lesson from this parable: Circumstances change, so one should use methods that can handle the change. In modern China, this is used in business to mean that one should not depend on old business models for a changing market.


This proverb dates back to the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC) of the territory now known as China. It has spread and is somewhat known in Japan and Korea.

Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity

Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself
jǐ suǒ bú yù wù shī yú rén
Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity Scroll

Some may think of this as a "Christian trait" but actually it transcends many religions.

This Chinese teaching dates back to about 2,500 years ago in China. Confucius had always taught the belief in being benevolent (ren) but this idea was hard to grasp for some of his students, as benevolence could be kind-heartedness, or an essence of humanity itself.

When answering Zhong Gong's question as to what "ren" actually meant, Confucius said:

"When you go out, you should behave as if you were in the presence of a distinguished guest, when people do favors for you, act as if a great sacrifice was made for you. Whatever you wouldn't like done to you, do not do that thing to others. Don't complain at work or at home".

Hearing this, Zhong Gong said humbly, "Although I am not clever, I will do what you say".

From this encounter, the Chinese version of the "Golden Rule" or "Ethic of Reciprocity" came to be.
The characters you see above express, "Do not do to others whatever you do not want done to yourself".


See Also:  Confucius Teachings | Benevolence

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

wò hǔ cáng lóng
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Scroll

臥虎藏龍 is the movie title of the Kung Fu epic that was very popular in the west a few years back.

臥虎藏龍 is actually a re-ordering of an ancient Chinese proverb that refers to undiscovered talents.

The movie was one of the most popular Chinese foreign films to ever debut in the USA but received a lukewarm reception in China.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used term.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Zheng
teizhèng / zheng4 / zhengcheng
Wei Zheng魏徵
魏征
wèi zhēng
wei4 zheng1
wei zheng
weizheng
wei cheng
weicheng
Diligent Study Proverb鑿壁偷光
凿壁偷光
záo bì tōu guāng
zao2 bi4 tou1 guang1
zao bi tou guang
zaobitouguang
tsao pi t`ou kuang
tsaopitoukuang
tsao pi tou kuang
Great Aspirations
Ambition
鴻鵠之誌
鸿鹄之志
hóng hú zhī zhì
hong2 hu2 zhi1 zhi4
hong hu zhi zhi
honghuzhizhi
hung hu chih chih
hunghuchihchih
Bounce Back
Stage a Comeback
東山再起
东山再起
dōng shān zài qǐ
dong1 shan1 zai4 qi3
dong shan zai qi
dongshanzaiqi
tung shan tsai ch`i
tungshantsaichi
tung shan tsai chi
Brief and to the Point言簡意賅
言简意赅
yán jiǎn yì gāi
yan2 jian3 yi4 gai1
yan jian yi gai
yanjianyigai
yen chien i kai
yenchienikai
Death Before Dishonor寧為玉碎
宁为玉碎
níng wéi yù suì
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4
ning wei yu sui
ningweiyusui
ning wei yü sui
ningweiyüsui
Mark the boat to find the lost sword
Ignoring the changing circumstances of the world
刻舟求劍
刻舟求剑
kokushuukyuuken
kokushukyuken
kè zhōu qiú jiàn
ke4 zhou1 qiu2 jian4
ke zhou qiu jian
kezhouqiujian
k`o chou ch`iu chien
kochouchiuchien
ko chou chiu chien
Confucius: Golden Rule
Ethic of Reciprocity
己所不欲勿施於人
己所不欲勿施于人
jǐ suǒ bú yù wù shī yú rén
ji3 suo3 bu2 yu4, wu4 shi1 yu2 ren2
ji suo bu yu, wu shi yu ren
jisuobuyu,wushiyuren
chi so pu yü, wu shih yü jen
chisopuyü,wushihyüjen
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon臥虎藏龍
卧虎藏龙
wò hǔ cáng lóng
wo4 hu3 cang2 long2
wo hu cang long
wohucanglong
wo hu ts`ang lung
wohutsanglung
wo hu tsang lung
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

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

亨利

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hēng
    heng1 li4
heng li
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Scroll
Henry (name); henry (unit of inductance)

亨氏

see styles
hēng shì
    heng1 shi4
heng shih
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Scroll
Heinz (name); Heinz, US food processing company

亨特

see styles
hēng
    heng1 te4
heng t`e
    heng te
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Scroll
Hunter (name)

均衡

see styles
jun héng
    jun1 heng2
chün heng
 kinkou / kinko
    きんこう
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Scroll
equal; balanced; harmony; equilibrium
(noun/participle) equilibrium; balance

永恆


永恒

see styles
yǒng héng
    yong3 heng2
yung heng
 yōgō
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Scroll
eternal; everlasting; fig. to pass into eternity (i.e. to die)
forever

伯利恆


伯利恒

see styles
bó lì héng
    bo2 li4 heng2
po li heng
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Scroll
Bethlehem (in the biblical nativity story)

see styles
hēng
    heng1
heng
 ryou / ryo
    りょう
prosperous; henry (unit of inductance)
(given name) Ryou

see styles
hēng
    heng1
heng
to groan; to snort; to hum; to croon; humph!

see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
feminine name (old)


see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
 
    ひさし
permanent; constant; fixed; usual; ordinary; rule (old); one of the 64 hexagrams of the Book of Changes (䷟)
(personal name) Hisashi
always

see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
 wataru
    わたる
variant of 恆|恒[heng2]
(given name) Wataru
Constant; perseverance, persistence; translit. ga, ha.

see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
 keta
    けた
pole plate; purlin (cross-beam in roof); ridge-pole
(1) column; beam; girder; crossbeam; spar; yard; (2) digit; decade; order of magnitude; (surname) Keta


see styles
hèng
    heng4
heng
 kō
harsh and unreasonable; unexpected
A crossbar, crosswise, athwart, across, perverse, arrogant; unexpected, i.e. lucky or unlucky; sideways

see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
top gem of pendant from girdle

see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
calf (lower leg); (arch.) belly

see styles
hēng
    heng1
heng
fat; bloated

see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
Asarum blumei (wild ginger plant)

see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
 
    まもる
to weigh; weight; measure
(1) (kana only) yoke; (2) (kana only) constraints; oppression; (given name) Mamoru
A cross-bar, crosswise; a balance; to weigh, balance, compare adjust, adjudge, judgment; the crossbar of a scale


𨱑

see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
bell

see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
(onom.) for sound of bell (arch.)


see styles
héng
    heng2
heng
plover

一恆


一恒

see styles
héng
    yi1 heng2
i heng
 ichikō
as one Ganges

乘乘

see styles
shèng s hèng
    sheng4 s heng4
sheng s heng
 jō jō
each vehicle

九橫


九横

see styles
jiǔ héng
    jiu3 heng2
chiu heng
 ku ō
See also 九惱; nine vexations

亨祚

see styles
hēng zuò
    heng1 zuo4
heng tso
to prosper; to flourish

亨通

see styles
hēng tōng
    heng1 tong1
heng t`ung
    heng tung
 koutsuu / kotsu
    こうつう
to go smoothly; prosperous; going well
doing well; prosperous

令證


令证

see styles
lìng z hèng
    ling4 z heng4
ling z heng
 ryō shō
make [sentient beings] realize

冊亨


册亨

see styles
hēng
    ce4 heng1
ts`e heng
    tse heng
Ceheng county in Qianxinan Buyei and Miao autonomous prefecture 黔西南州[Qian2 xi1 nan2 zhou1], Guizhou

制衡

see styles
zhì héng
    zhi4 heng2
chih heng
to check and balance (power); checks and balances

劉恆


刘恒

see styles
liú héng
    liu2 heng2
liu heng
Liu Heng, personal name of Han emperor Han Wendi 漢文帝|汉文帝; Liu Heng (1954-), Chinese writer

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