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  1. Respect

  2. Respect / Honor / Esteem

  3. Self-Respect / Self-Esteem

  4. Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect

  5. Respect out of fear is never genuine; Reverence out of respect is never false

  6. Love and Respect

  7. Mutual Respect

  8. Respect, Honor, Truth

  9. Love Loyalty Respect

10. Respect and Loyalty

11. Love Loyalty Respect


Respect

Politeness, Gratitude and Propriety

rei
Respect Scroll

礼 is one of the five tenets of Confucius.

Beyond respect, 礼 can also be translated as propriety, good manners, politeness, rite, worship, or an expression of gratitude.

We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school, and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.

禮 Chinese RespectPlease note that Japanese use this simplified 礼 version of the original 禮 character for respect. 礼 also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. While 禮 is the traditional and original version, 礼 has been used as a shorthand version for many centuries. Click on the big 禮 character to the right if you want the Traditional Chinese and older Japanese versions.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also:  Confucius

Respect / Honor / Esteem

zūn jìng
sonkei
Respect / Honor / Esteem Scroll

尊敬 is how to express the ideas of respect, honor, reverence, esteem, nobility, and sometimes the state of being noble, all in one word. Most of the time, this is used as “giving respect,” but depending on the context, it can suggest that you should try to be “worthy of respect.”

Although pronounced differently, the Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are the same across these languages. This is an indication that this word is very old and crosses many barriers and cultures in the Orient (East Asia).

Self-Respect / Self-Esteem

zì zūn
jison
Self-Respect / Self-Esteem Scroll

自尊 means self-respect or self-esteem in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can also mean “pride in oneself.”

Note: Japanese sometimes put the character for the heart after these two. However, this two-character word is universal between all three languages (which is often better since more than a third of the world's population can read this version as a native word).

Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect

ài jìng
aikei / aikyou
Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect Scroll

愛敬 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title that can mean “love and respect,” “kindness and respect,” “to love with reverence,” “charm,” “amiability,” “winsomeness,” “courtesy,” or “ingratiating behavior.”


Note: The wide-ranging definitions show that this word is a bit ambiguous without the context of being used in a sentence.

Respect out of fear is never genuine; Reverence out of respect is never false

dǎ pà de rén shì jiǎ de jìng pà de rén shì zhēn de
Respect out of fear is never genuine; Reverence out of respect is never false Scroll

打怕的人是假的敬怕的人是真的 is a proverb that seems to be aimed at world leaders or others in power. Perhaps a suggestion to avoid the practice of “fear-mongering” opting instead for a policy of benevolence and justice.

An example: When the Bush administration told Pakistan they could either join America in the “war on terror,” or expect some bombs to be coming their way, Bush gained this kind of “less-than-genuine respect” from Pakistanis.
Leaders in places like North Korea and even Saudi Arabia reap the same bogus respect from their own citizens.


Note that calligraphers do not like to repeat the same characters in exactly the same way in the same piece of artwork. So expect the characters that are repeated to be written in different forms in the real artwork (unlike the way they are displayed to the left).

Love and Respect

jìng ài
kei ai
Love and Respect Scroll

敬愛 is the short and sweet way to say “love and respect” in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Besides “respect and love,” this could be translated as “respect and affection,” “Reverence and love,” or “reverent love.”

In Japanese, this can also be the personal name Yoshinari.

Love and Respect

Love each other and show mutual respect

xiāng ài hù jìng
Love and Respect Scroll

相愛互敬 is a nice way to say “Love and Respect” in Chinese.

This proverb is about the mutual exchange of love and respect within a good relationship.

The first two characters create a word that means “to love each other” or “mutual love.”

The third character means mutual, interlocking, or in some contexts, “to dovetail” (as in how joints are made in fine furniture).

The last character means “to respect,” “to venerate,” “to salute,” “reverence,” or simply “respect.”

Love and Respect

Love and respect each other

xiāng jìng xiāng ài
Love and Respect Scroll

相敬相愛 is an old Chinese proverb that suggests love and respect go together and are to be exchanged between people (especially couples).

The first two characters mean “exchanging respect” or “mutual respect.”

The last two characters create a word that means “to love each other” or “mutual love.”

You'll notice that the first and third characters are the same. So you can read this literally as something like “Exchange respect, exchange love” or “Mutual respect, mutual love.” In English, we'd probably just say, “Mutual love and respect.” Grammar differs in every language - So while the literal translation might sound a bit awkward in English, this phrase is very natural in Chinese.

Mutual Respect

xiāng hù zūn zhòng
sougo sonchou
Mutual Respect Scroll

相互尊重 means mutual respect in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first two characters are a word that means each other, mutual or reciprocal.

The last two characters are a word that means to respect, honor, value, eminent, or hold in high esteem.

Respect, Honor, Truth

keii meiyo shinjitsu
Respect, Honor, Truth Scroll

This means “Respect, Honor, Truth” in Japanese.


This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Japanese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).

Respect, Honor, Truth

zūn zhòng róng yù zhēn shí
Respect, Honor, Truth Scroll

尊重, 榮譽, 真實 means “Respect, Honor, Truth” in Chinese.


This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Chinese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).

Love Loyalty Respect

zhēn ài zhōng chéng zū jìng
Love Loyalty Respect Scroll

真愛忠誠尊敬 is a Chinese word list that means love, loyalty, and respect.

Respect and Loyalty

zūn jìng zhōng chéng
son kei chu sei
Respect and Loyalty Scroll

尊敬忠誠 means respect and loyalty in Chinese.

This is a word list (not a normal Chinese or Japanese phrase).

Word lists like this are not very common or natural in Chinese, so try to look for a better phrase to match your idea before you settle on this.

Love Loyalty Respect

ài zhōng jìng
Love Loyalty Respect Scroll

愛忠敬 is a Chinese word list that means love, loyalty, and respect.

愛忠敬 is the shortest way to express these words/ideas. Word lists are not as natural in Chinese as they are in English - phrases or proverbs are more common.




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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
Respect
reilǐ / li3 / li
Respect
Honor
Esteem
尊敬sonkeizūn jìng / zun1 jing4 / zun jing / zunjingtsun ching / tsunching
Self-Respect
Self-Esteem
自尊jisonzì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizuntzu tsun / tzutsun
Love and Respect
Kindness and Respect
愛敬
爱敬
aikei / aikyou
aikei / aikyo
ài jìng / ai4 jing4 / ai jing / aijingai ching / aiching
Respect out of fear is never genuine; Reverence out of respect is never false打怕的人是假的敬怕的人是真的dǎ pà de rén shì jiǎ de jìng pà de rén shì zhēn de
da3 pa4 de ren2 shi4 jia3 de jing4 pa4 de ren2 shi4 zhen1 de
da pa de ren shi jia de jing pa de ren shi zhen de
ta p`a te jen shih chia te ching p`a te jen shih chen te
ta pa te jen shih chia te ching pa te jen shih chen te
Love and Respect敬愛
敬爱
kei ai / keiaijìng ài / jing4 ai4 / jing ai / jingaiching ai / chingai
Love and Respect相愛互敬
相爱互敬
xiāng ài hù jìng
xiang1 ai4 hu4 jing4
xiang ai hu jing
xiangaihujing
hsiang ai hu ching
hsiangaihuching
Love and Respect相敬相愛
相亲相爱
xiāng jìng xiāng ài
xiang1 jing4 xiang1 ai4
xiang jing xiang ai
xiangjingxiangai
hsiang ching hsiang ai
hsiangchinghsiangai
Mutual Respect相互尊重sougo sonchou
sougosonchou
sogo soncho
xiāng hù zūn zhòng
xiang1 hu4 zun1 zhong4
xiang hu zun zhong
xianghuzunzhong
hsiang hu tsun chung
hsianghutsunchung
Respect, Honor, Truth敬意, 名譽, 真実
敬意, 名誉, 真実
keii meiyo shinjitsu
keiimeiyoshinjitsu
kei meiyo shinjitsu
Respect, Honor, Truth尊重, 榮譽, 真實
尊重, 荣誉, 真实
zūn zhòng róng yù zhēn shí
zun1 zhong4 rong2 yu4 zhen1 shi2
zun zhong rong yu zhen shi
zunzhongrongyuzhenshi
tsun chung jung yü chen shih
tsunchungjungyüchenshih
Love Loyalty Respect真愛忠誠尊敬zhēn ài zhōng chéng zū jìng
zhen1 ai4 zhong1 cheng2 zu1 jing4
zhen ai zhong cheng zu jing
zhenaizhongchengzujing
chen ai chung ch`eng tsu ching
chenaichungchengtsuching
chen ai chung cheng tsu ching
Respect and Loyalty尊敬忠誠
尊敬忠诚
son kei chu sei
sonkeichusei
zūn jìng zhōng chéng
zun1 jing4 zhong1 cheng2
zun jing zhong cheng
zunjingzhongcheng
tsun ching chung ch`eng
tsunchingchungcheng
tsun ching chung cheng
Love Loyalty Respect愛忠敬ài zhōng jìng
ai4 zhong1 jing4
ai zhong jing
aizhongjing
ai chung ching
aichungching
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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