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失意泰然 is a very old Japanese proverb. It suggests, "keeping calm and collected at times of disappointment," or "maintaining a serene state of mind when faced with adversity."
It's hard to relate individual character meanings into the overall meaning unless you also understand Japanese grammar. The word order is very different than English. That being said, here's the character meaning breakdown:
失 To miss, lose or fail.
意 Feelings, thoughts, meaning.
泰 Safe, peaceful.
然 Like that, in that way, however, although.
Using these definitions in English, we might say, "Although you may fail or lose, have a feeling of peace and calm."
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your keep calm search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shǎo ān wú zào / shao3 an1 wu2 zao4
shao an wu tsao
keep calm, don't get excited; don't be impatient
| chén zhù qì / chen2 zhu4 qi4
ch`en chu ch`i / chen chu chi
to keep cool; to stay calm
| chén de zhù qì / chen2 de5 zhu4 qi4
ch`en te chu ch`i / chen te chu chi
to stay calm; to keep one's composure
| jiàn guài bù guài / jian4 guai4 bu4 guai4
chien kuai pu kuai
to keep one's calm in the face of the unexpected; not to wonder at strange sights
|heiseiotamotsu / heseotamotsu / へいせいをたもつ||
(exp,v5t) to keep one's temper; to maintain one's composure; to remain calm; to keep presence of mind; to preserve one's equilibrium
|ochitsukiharau / おちつきはらう||
(v5u,vi) to stay calm; to keep cool
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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|
|Keep Calm, Be Not Impatient||少安毋躁||shǎo ān wú zào|
shao3 an1 wu2 zao4
shao an wu zao
|shao an wu tsao
|Keep Calm in Face of Adversity||失意泰然||shitsuitaizen|
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