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Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour

yǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour Scroll

Nothing could be more true. When I was in the Marine Corps, we trained for years for combat that often lasts only hours.

This Chinese proverb also reminds me of a common phrase used in the military to describe combat: "Weeks of total boredom, punctuated with five minutes of shear terror".

This may have some roots in Sun Tzu's The Art of War. Though I can not find this passage in his writings.

On the subject of the Art of War, if you have a favorite passage, we can create a custom calligraphy scroll with that phrase.

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Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour養兵千日用兵一時
yǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
yang3 bing1 qian1 ri4 yang4 bing1 yi4 shi2
yang bing qian ri yang bing yi shi
yang ping ch`ien jih yang ping i shih
yang ping chien jih yang ping i shih
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

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Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour Scroll
clown; 2nd earthly branch: 1-3 a.m., 12th solar month (6th January to 3rd February), year of the Ox; ancient Chinese compass point: 30°
(1) the Ox (second sign of the Chinese zodiac); (2) (obsolete) (See 丑の刻) hour of the Ox (around 2am, 1-3am, or 2-4am); (3) (obsolete) north-northeast; (4) (obsolete) twelfth month of the lunar calendar; (personal name) Chuu

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12th earthly branch: 9-11 p.m., 10th solar month (7th November-6th December), year of the Boar; ancient Chinese compass point: 330°
(1) the Boar (twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac); the Pig; (2) (obsolete) (See 亥の刻) hour of the Boar (around 10pm, 9-11pm, or 10pm to 12 midnight); (3) (obsolete) north-northwest; (4) (obsolete) tenth month of the lunar calendar; (personal name) Gai

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quarter (hour); moment; to carve; to engrave; to cut; oppressive; classifier for short time intervals
Cut, carve, engrave; oppress; a quarter of an hour, instant; to carve

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front; forward; ahead; first; top (followed by a number); future; ago; before; BC (e.g. 前293年); former; formerly
(n,suf) (1) in front (of); before (e.g. the house); (n-adv,n-t,suf) (2) (See 前・ぜん・3) ago; before; previously; prior; (minutes) to (the hour); (3) front (of something); head (e.g. of a line); fore part; (can be adjective with の) (4) front (e.g. seat); previous (e.g. entry in a list); prior; former; (5) (in the) presence (of); in front (of someone); (adverbial noun) (6) forward; ahead; (suffix) (7) (usu. after a noun or the -masu stem of a verb) (See 人前・にんまえ) helping; portion; (8) front of the body; (9) privates; private parts; (personal name) Misaki
pūrva. Before; former, previous; in front.

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7th earthly branch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., noon, 5th solar month (6th June-6th July), year of the Horse; ancient Chinese compass point: 180° (south)
(1) the Horse (seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac); (2) (obsolete) (See 午の刻) hour of the Horse (around noon, 11am-1pm, or 12 noon-2pm); (3) (obsolete) south; (4) (obsolete) fifth month of the lunar calendar; (personal name) Kogoe
Noon; noon

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 u(p); bou / u(p); bo
    う(P); ぼう
mortise (slot cut into wood to receive a tenon); 4th earthly branch: 5-7 a.m., 2nd solar month (6th March-4th April), year of the Rabbit; ancient Chinese compass point: 90° (east); variant of 鉚|铆[mao3]; to exert one's strength
(1) the Rabbit (fourth sign of the Chinese zodiac); the Hare; (2) (See 卯の刻) hour of the Rabbit (around 6am, 5-7am, or 6-8am); (3) (obsolete) east; (4) (obsolete) second month in the lunar calendar; (personal name) Bou

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(noun suffix)
(1) the Rat (first sign of the Chinese zodiac); (2) (obsolete) (See 子の刻) hour of the Rat (around midnight, 11pm to 1am, or 12 midnight to 2am); (3) (obsolete) north; (4) (obsolete) eleventh month of the lunar calendar; (personal name) Nene
kumāra; son; seed; sir; 11-1 midnight; child

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3rd earthly branch: 3-5 a.m., 1st solar month (4th February-5th March), year of the Tiger; ancient Chinese compass point: 60°
(1) the Tiger (third sign of the Chinese zodiac); (2) (obsolete) (See 寅の刻) hour of the Tiger (around 4am, 3-5am, or 4-6am); (3) (obsolete) east-northeast; (4) (obsolete) first month of the lunar calendar; (surname) Fusa

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 mi(p); shi
    み(P); し
6th earthly branch: 9-11 a.m., 4th solar month (5th May-5th June), year of the Snake; ancient Chinese compass point: 150°
(1) the Snake (sixth sign of the Chinese zodiac); the Serpent; (2) (obsolete) (See 巳の刻) hour of the Snake (around 10am, 9-11am, or 10am-12 noon); (3) (obsolete) south-southeast; (4) (obsolete) fourth month of the lunar calendar; (female given name) Mi

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11th earthly branch: 7-9 p.m., 9th solar month (8th October-6th November), year of the Dog; ancient Chinese compass point: 300°
(1) the Dog (eleventh sign of the Chinese zodiac); (2) (obsolete) (See 戌の刻) hour of the Dog (around 8pm, 7-9pm, or 8-10pm); (3) (obsolete) west-northwest; (4) (obsolete) ninth month of the lunar calendar; (given name) Mamoru
The hour from 7-9 p. m.; translit. śū, śu; 7-9 p.m.

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o'clock; time; when; hour; season; period
(suffix noun) (1) (after noun or -masu stem of verb) (See 食事時,売り時) time for ...; time to ...; good opportunity to ...; (suffix noun) (2) (See 梅雨時,花見時) season; (surname) Tozaki
Time, hour, period; constantly; as kāla, time in general, e.g. year, month, season, period; as samaya, it means kṣaṇa, momentary, passing; translit. ji.

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nautical mile
(kana only) knot (nautical mile per hour); nautical mile; 1852m; 6080ft; (female given name) Kairi

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to extend; to state; to explain; 9th earthly branch: 3-5 p.m., 7th solar month (7th August-7th September), year of the Monkey; ancient Chinese compass point: 240°
(1) the Monkey (ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac); (2) (obsolete) (See 申の刻) hour of the Monkey (around 4pm, 3-5pm, or 4-6pm); (3) (obsolete) west-southwest; (4) (obsolete) 7th month of the lunar calendar; (surname) Suu
To draw out, stretch, extend, expand; notify, report: quote.

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legendary monkey of ancient China
A monkey; begin; the 巳 hour, 9-11 a. m.

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opinion; view; theory; doctrine; to discuss; to talk about; to regard; to consider; per; by the (kilometer, hour etc)
(n,n-suf) (1) argument; discussion; dispute; controversy; discourse; debate; (n,n-suf) (2) theory (e.g. of evolution); doctrine; (n,n-suf) (3) essay; treatise; comment; (surname) Ron
To discourse upon, discuss, reason over; tr. for śāstra, abhidharma, and upadeśa, i.e. discourses, discussions, or treatises on dogma, philosophy, discipline, etc.

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5th earthly branch: 7-9 a.m., 3rd solar month (5th April-4th May), year of the Dragon; ancient Chinese compass point: 120°
(1) the Dragon (fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac); (2) (obsolete) (See 辰の刻) hour of the Dragon (around 8am, 7-9am, or 8-10am); (3) (obsolete) east-southeast; (4) (obsolete) third month of the lunar calendar; (given name) Yoshi
Hour; time; the celestial bodies.

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10th earthly branch: 5-7 p.m., 8th solar month (8th September-7th October), year of the Rooster; ancient Chinese compass point: 270° (west)
(1) the Rooster (tenth sign of the Chinese zodiac); the Cock; the Chicken; the Bird; (2) (obsolete) (See 酉の刻) hour of the Rooster (around 6pm, 5-7pm, or 6-8pm); (3) (obsolete) west; (4) (obsolete) eight month of the lunar calendar; (personal name) Yuu

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point; dot; drop; speck; o'clock; point (in space or time); to draw a dot; to check on a list; to choose; to order (food in a restaurant); to touch briefly; to hint; to light; to ignite; to pour a liquid drop by drop; (old) one fifth of a two-hour watch 更[geng1]; dot stroke in Chinese characters; classifier for items
To dot, touch, punctuate, light, nod; the stroke of a clock; to check off; a speck, dot, drop, etc; a dot


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 joukoku / jokoku
first third of a two-hour period


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final third of a two-hour period



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chǒu shí
    chou3 shi2
ch`ou shih
    chou shih
1-3 am (in the system of two-hour subdivisions used in former times)


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 chuukoku / chukoku
middle third of a two-hour period



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èr shí
    er4 shi2
erh shih
(temporal noun) (1) fairly long period of time; (2) (archaism) four-hour period; (temporal noun) two o'clock
The two times or periods— morning and evening. Also 迦羅 kāla, a regular or fixed hour for meals, and 三昧耶 samaya, irregular or unfxed hours or times; two time periods


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(1) (archaism) division of the night (from approx. 7pm to 5am) into five 2-hour periods; (2) the fifth of these periods (approx. 3am to 5am); (female given name) Sayo



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hài shí
    hai4 shi2
hai shih
9-11 pm (in the system of two-hour subdivisions used in former times)


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man-hour; (personal name) Hitoki


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one's dying moment or hour



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jīn shí
    jin1 shi2
chin shih
 kon ji
(n-adv,n-t) present day; today; recently; these days; nowadays; at this hour; (surname) Imatoki


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(adverb) (1) now (after such a long time); at this late hour (i.e. it is too late for something); at this point of time; (2) afresh; anew; again


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one's dying moment or hour

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