The name Strive in Chinese / Japanese...

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Great Endeavor / To Strive

 nǔ lì
Great Endeavor / To Strive Scroll

努力 means great effort; to strive; to try hard; great effort; great exertion; great endeavor (endeavour); great effort; to strive.

This “striving endeavor” word is valid in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Strive / Struggle

 fèn dòu
Strive / Struggle Scroll

奮鬥 means strive (as in to put great effort into something or a cause).

It can also be translated as a struggle.

斗 The second character of this word can also be written as shown to the right. Yes. it’s very different. If you want this alternate version, just let us know when you place your order (in the special instructions).

Strive / Struggle

 fun tou
Strive / Struggle Scroll

奮闘 is the Japanese version of a word that means strive (as in to put great effort into something or a cause).

It can also be translated as a struggle. There's a very similar version used in Chinese with the same meaning.

Always Striving for Inner Strength

 zì qiáng bú xī
Always Striving for Inner Strength Scroll

自強不息 is a proverb or idiom that suggests that the pursuit of self-improvement is eternal. It can also be a suggestion to strive unremittingly in life.

The first two characters mean inner strength with the idea of self-improvement. The last two characters mean “never rest” or “striving without giving up.”

Some will translate these four characters as “Exert and strive hard without any let-up.”

Seeking Truth

 qiú dào
 gu dou
Seeking Truth Scroll

求道 means seeking for truth, or to seek (practice for, strive for) enlightenment.

求道 is used mostly in a Buddhist context, so some non-Buddhists may not recognize it.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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diligent; industrious; hardworking; frequent; regular; constant
(personal name) Tsutome
vīrya, energy, zeal, fortitude, virility; intp. also as 精進 one of the pāramitās.

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Strong / Powerful / Force
to force; to compel; to strive; to make an effort
(suffix) (1) (ant: 弱・1) a little over; a little more than; (2) (ant: 弱・2) strength; the strong; (suffix) (3) powerhouse; one of the biggest; one of the most powerful; (suffix) (4) (after a number on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale; e.g. 5強) (ant: 弱・3) -upper (seismic intensity); (personal name) Tsuyomi
Strong, forceful, violent; to force; to strengthen.

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Fight for a Goal
to strive for; to vie for; to argue or debate; deficient or lacking (dialect); how or what (literary)
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nǔ lì
    nu3 li4
nu li

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Great Endeavor / To Strive
to make an effort; to try hard; to strive; hard-working; conscientious
(n,vs,vi) effort; exertion; endeavour; endeavor; hard work; striving; (surname) Nuriki
to strive


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qín qiú
    qin2 qiu2
ch`in ch`iu
    chin chiu

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Buddha Seeking
inquiring the Buddha way
To seek diligently (after the good).


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qiú dào
    qiu2 dao4
ch`iu tao
    chiu tao

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Seeking Truth
(esp. ぐどう in Buddhism) seeking after truth; (personal name) Motomichi
to seek (practice for, strive for) enlightenment



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zì qiáng
    zi4 qiang2
tzu ch`iang
    tzu chiang
 jikyou / jikyo

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Inner Strength / Self-Improvement
to strive for self-improvement
(noun/participle) strenuous effort



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ān pín lè dào
    an1 pin2 le4 dao4
an p`in le tao
    an pin le tao

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Better to be Happy than Rich
to be content with poverty and strive for virtue (idiom)



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zì qiáng bù xī
    zi4 qiang2 bu4 xi1
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
    tzu chiang pu hsi

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Always Striving for Inner Strength
to strive unremittingly; self-improvement

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to exert; to strive
(adverb) (kana only) (archaism) never; by no means; (male given name) Tsutomu

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affair; business; matter; to be engaged in; to attend to; by all means
(male given name) Tsutomu
to strive

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to seize; to take away forcibly; to wrest control of; to compete or strive for; to force one's way through; to leave out; to lose
Snatch, carry off, take by force; decide.

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variant of 勤[qin2]; industrious; solicitous

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to struggle to get free; to strive to acquire; to make (money)

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 ei / e
camp; barracks; battalion; to build; to operate; to manage; to strive for
(surname) Ei

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(bound form) to rush about; to strive for

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to strive



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bù zhēng
    bu4 zheng1
pu cheng
widely known; incontestable; undeniable; to not strive for; to not contend for


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qǐ jí
    qi3 ji2
ch`i chi
    chi chi
 kikyuu / kikyu
to hope to reach; to strive for
(noun/participle) attempt


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zhù guǒ
    zhu4 guo3
chu kuo
(personal name) Sumika
Abiding in the fruit; e.g. śrāvakas and pratyekabuddhas who rest satisfied in their attainments and do not strive for Buddhahood; they are known as住果緣覺 or住果羅漢.



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chuàng yōu
    chuang4 you1
ch`uang yu
    chuang yu
to strive for excellence



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lì tú
    li4 tu2
li t`u
    li tu
to try hard to; to strive to


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lì jīng
    li4 jing1
li ching
to strive


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(v5m,vi) to work hard; to try hard; to strive; to endeavour; to endeavor; to devote oneself to; to make an effort; to be zealous


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miǎn lì
    mian3 li4
mien li
to strive; to make an effort; to exert oneself



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miǎn lì
    mian3 li4
mien li
to encourage
to strive


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(transitive verb) (1) to plan; to attempt; to devise; (2) to plot; to conspire; to scheme; (3) to aim for; to strive for; to work towards; to seek



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bèn tou
    ben4 tou5
pen t`ou
    pen tou
something to strive for; prospect



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fèn lì
    fen4 li4
fen li
to do everything one can; to spare no effort; to strive



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fèn dòu
    fen4 dou4
fen tou
to strive; to struggle

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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
Great Endeavor
To Strive
努力doryoku / doryokunǔ lì / nu3 li4 / nu li / nuli
奮鬥 / 奮斗
奋斗 / 奋鬥
fèn dòu / fen4 dou4 / fen dou / fendoufen tou / fentou
奮闘 / 奮鬥
奋斗 / 奋鬥
fun tou / funtou / fun to
Always Striving for Inner Strength自強不息
zì qiáng bú xī
zi4 qiang2 bu2 xi1
zi qiang bu xi
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
tzu chiang pu hsi
Seeking Truth求道gu dou / gudou / gu doqiú dào / qiu2 dao4 / qiu dao / qiudaoch`iu tao / chiutao / chiu tao
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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