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Limits in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. No Limits

  2. The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits

  3. Endless / Without Limit

  4. No Limitations

  5. With all the strength of your heart

  6. Infinity / Infinite / Unlimited / Unbounded

  7. Tranquility Yields Transcendence

  8. Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused


No Limits

Japan nan de mo a ri
No Limits Vertical Wall Scroll

何でもあり is a Japanese phrase meaning, no holds barred, anything goes, or no limits.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits

China xué hǎi wú yá
The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb reads, "sea of learning, no horizon."

Colloquially, it means there are no limits to what one still has left to learn.

This would be the Chinese equivalent to the quote from Hippocrates, "ars longa, vita brevis," meaning, "it takes a long time to acquire and perfect one's expertise."


See Also:  Learning Is Eternal

Endless / Without Limit

China wú jìn
Japan mu jin
Endless / Without Limit Vertical Wall Scroll

無盡 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for endless; inexhaustible; without limits; infinite.

In Buddhist context, this can refer to the infinitude of living beings, of worlds, of space, of the dharmadhātu, of nirvāṇa, etc.

No Limitations

China màn lán
Japan man ran
No Limitations Vertical Wall Scroll

漫瀾 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for, "Having no boundaries or limitations."

This literally talks of the vastness of an ocean or river.

Character breakdown:
漫 = free; unrestrained; to inundate; overflowing; boundless.
澜 = swelling water; large wave.

With all the strength of your heart

Japan omoi kiri
With all the strength of your heart Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be translated as, "with all one's strength," "with all one's heart," "to the limits of your heart," or "to the end of your heart/emotions."

The character breakdown:
思い (omoi) thought; mind; heart; feelings; emotion; sentiment; love; affection; desire; wish; hope; expectation; imagination; experience
切り (kiri) bounds; limits.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Infinity / Infinite / Unlimited / Unbounded

Japanese = Infinity / Chinese = No limits
China wú xiàn
Japan mu gen
Infinity / Infinite / Unlimited / Unbounded Vertical Wall Scroll

無限 is the Chinese and Japanese word meaning infinity, unlimited or unbounded.

無限 literally translates as "without limits" or "without [being] bound."

The first character means "never" or "not" or like a prefix "un-."

The second means "limited," "restricted," or "bound."

Please note that the Japanese definition leans more toward "infinity" and the Chinese is more about being "boundless" or "without limits."

In Korean, this means infinity, infinitude, or boundlessness. But in Korean, this term has many interpretations or contexts, so your intended meaning might come out a little vague or ambiguous.

Tranquility Yields Transcendence

China níng jìng zhì yuǎn
Tranquility Yields Transcendence Vertical Wall Scroll

寧靜致遠 is an ancient Chinese idiom which means "tranquility yields transcendence."

This suggests pursuing a quiet life of profound study.

The first two characters mean tranquility. The last two characters mean "go far" which suggests achieving much in your life or expanding beyond normal limits. The direct translation would read something like, "[With] tranquility [in your life, you'll] go far."

Compare this to the English idiom: Still waters run deep.

Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

China zhuān xīn
Japan sen shin
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Vertical Wall Scroll

The first character means "for a particular person, occasion, or purpose," "focused on one single thing," "concentrated" and sometimes, "special."

The second character means "heart" or "mind" by itself.

Together, these two characters make a word that means, "paying attention with your heart." It's often translated as, "dedication," as in "be absorbed in" or "concentrate one's efforts." It's also used to mean, "with single mind," "whole-heartedly," "paying attention," "undivided attention," "concentration (-ed)," "engrossed," "devotionally (listening/watching)," and/or "attentive."

My favorite translation, which comes from the Oxford Advanced Chinese/English Dictionary is, "wholehearted devotion."

If it seems like the meaning of this word is quite open, you are correct. The context in which the word is used matters a lot. It can mean different things depending on how you use it. This makes it kind of nice as you can decide what this means to you (within some limits). This word is always positive in meaning, so even if a Chinese person reads it differently than you, it will still have a good meaning.


専In Japanese, they tend to use a variation of the second character which has one less stroke. If you want your calligraphy written this Japanese form, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note: Japanese and Chinese people will recognize either form.


See Also:  Faith | Devotion

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Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Vertical Wall Scroll
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Vertical Wall Scroll
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Vertical Wall Scroll
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Vertical Wall Scroll


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Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
No Limits何でもありnan de mo a ri
nandemoari
The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits學海無涯
学海无涯
xué hǎi wú yá
xue2 hai3 wu2 ya2
xue hai wu ya
xuehaiwuya
hsüeh hai wu ya
hsüehhaiwuya
Endless
Without Limit
無盡
无尽
mu jin / mujinwú jìn / wu2 jin4 / wu jin / wujinwu chin / wuchin
No Limitations漫瀾
漫澜
man ran / manranmàn lán / man4 lan2 / man lan / manlan
With all the strength of your heart思い切りomoi kiri / omoikiri
Infinity
Infinite
Unlimited
Unbounded
無限
无限
mu gen / mugenwú xiàn / wu2 xian4 / wu xian / wuxianwu hsien / wuhsien
Tranquility Yields Transcendence寧靜致遠
宁静致远
níng jìng zhì yuǎn
ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ning jing zhi yuan
ningjingzhiyuan
ning ching chih yüan
ningchingchihyüan
Devotion
Dedication
Attentive
Focused
專心 / 専心 / 耑心
专心
sen shin / senshinzhuān xīn
zhuan1 xin1
zhuan xin
zhuanxin
chuan hsin
chuanhsin
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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