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Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
níng wéi yù suì
Death Before Dishonor Scroll

寧為玉碎 is the short version of a longer Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery".

寧為玉碎 just say the "rather be a broken piece of jade" part (the second half is implied - everyone in China knows this idiom).

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

寧為玉碎 is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor", the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees".

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
níng wéi yù suì bù wéi wǎ quán
Death Before Dishonor Scroll

寧為玉碎不為瓦全 is the long version of a Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery".

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

寧為玉碎不為瓦全 is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor", the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees".


This is an idiom. It therefore doesn’t directly say exactly what it means. If you think about the English idiom, "The grass is always greener," it does not directly say "jealousy" or "envy" but everyone knows that it is implied.

lián mián
ren men
Unbroken Scroll

連綿 is a Chinese and Japanese Kanji word meaning: continuous; unbroken; uninterrupted; extending forever into the distance (of mountain range, river etc).


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Death Before Dishonor寧為玉碎
宁为玉碎
níng wéi yù suì
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4
ning wei yu sui
ningweiyusui
ning wei yü sui
ningweiyüsui
Death Before Dishonor寧為玉碎不為瓦全
宁为玉碎不为瓦全
níng wéi yù suì bù wéi wǎ quán
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4 bu4 wei2 wa3 quan2
ning wei yu sui bu wei wa quan
ningweiyusuibuweiwaquan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa ch`üan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa chüan
Unbroken連綿
连绵
ren men / renmenlián mián
lian2 mian2
lian mian
lianmian
lien mien
lienmien
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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

連綿


连绵

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lián mián
    lian2 mian2
lien mien
 renmen
    れんめん
Unbroken Scroll
continuous; unbroken; uninterrupted; extending forever into the distance (of mountain range, river etc)
(adj-t,adv-to) unbroken; uninterrupted; on and on; continuous
to bind on

一望

see styles
 kazumi
    かずみ
(noun/participle) one sweep (of the eye); an unbroken view; (female given name) Kazumi

一眸

see styles
 ichibou / ichibo
    いちぼう
(noun/participle) one sweep (of the eye); an unbroken view

山巒


山峦

see styles
shān luán
    shan1 luan2
shan luan
mountain range; unbroken chain of peaks

新馬


新马

see styles
xīn mǎ
    xin1 ma3
hsin ma
 shinba
    しんば
abbr. for Singapore 新加坡 and Malaysia 馬來西亞|马来西亚
new horse (in horse racing, etc.); unbroken horse; remount

無間


无间

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wú jiàn
    wu2 jian4
wu chien
 muken; mugen
    むけん; むげん
very close; no gap between them; continuously; unbroken; hard to separate; indistinguishable
(1) ceaselessness; incessancy; (2) (abbreviation) {Buddh} (See 無間地獄) the Avici hell
avīci, uninterrupted, unseparated, without intermission; immediately

盤亙


盘亘

see styles
pán gèn
    pan2 gen4
p`an ken
    pan ken
linked in a unbroken chain

続く

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 tsuzuku
    つづく
(v5k,vi) (1) to continue; to last; to go on; (v5k,vi) (2) to continue (without a break); to be unbroken; (v5k,vi) (3) to occur again and again; (v5k,vi) (4) to lead to; to connect to; to adjoin; (v5k,vi) (5) to come after; to follow; to succeed; to rank next to; (v5k,vi) (6) to hold out; to keep; to last

綿々

see styles
 menmen
    めんめん
(adj-t,adv-to) unbroken; endless; continuous

綿亙


绵亘

see styles
mián gèn
    mian2 gen4
mien ken
to stretch in an unbroken chain (esp. of mountains)

綿延


绵延

see styles
mián yán
    mian2 yan2
mien yen
continuous (esp. of mountain ranges); to stretch long and unbroken; a continuous link; sostenuto (sustained, in music)

綿綿


绵绵

see styles
mián mián
    mian2 mian2
mien mien
 menmen
    めんめん
continuous; uninterrupted
(adj-t,adv-to) unbroken; endless; continuous
long-continuing

縷々

see styles
 ruru
    るる
(adj-t,adv-to) continuously; unbroken; at great length; in minute detail; (female given name) Ruru

縷縷

see styles
 ruru
    るる
(adj-t,adv-to) continuously; unbroken; at great length; in minute detail

脈々

see styles
 myakumyaku
    みゃくみゃく
(adj-t,adv-to) (1) continuous; unbroken; ceaseless; (2) pulsating forcefully

脈脈


脉脉

see styles
mò mò
    mo4 mo4
mo mo
 myakumyaku
    みゃくみゃく
affectionate; loving
(adj-t,adv-to) (1) continuous; unbroken; ceaseless; (2) pulsating forcefully

荒馬

see styles
 arauma
    あらうま
untamed horse; unbroken horse; wild horse; bronco; (surname) Araba

陽爻

see styles
 youkou / yoko
    ようこう
(See 爻) yang yao (unbroken line composing one third of a trigram)

一段事

see styles
yī duàn shì
    yi1 duan4 shi4
i tuan shih
 ichidan no ji
The unity or continuity in the unbroken processes of nature; all nature, all being is but one continuous process; fundamental matter

三種常


三种常

see styles
sān zhǒng cháng
    san1 zhong3 chang2
san chung ch`ang
    san chung chang
 sanshu jō
A Buddha in his three eternal qualities: (a) 本性常 in his nature or dharmakāya; (b) 不斷常 in his unbroken eternity, saṃbhogakāya; (c) 相續常 in his continuous and eternally varied forms, nirmāṇakāya; three kinds of constancy

不斷常


不断常

see styles
bù duàn cháng
    bu4 duan4 chang2
pu tuan ch`ang
    pu tuan chang
 fudan jō
Unceasing continuity; unbroken continuity

未開封

see styles
 mikaifuu / mikaifu
    みかいふう
unopened (state); with an unbroken seal

百萬遍


百万遍

see styles
bǎi wàn biàn
    bai3 wan4 bian4
pai wan pien
 hyakuman ben
To repeat Amitābha's name a million times (ensures rebirth in his Paradise; for a seven days' unbroken repetition Paradise may be gained); a million recitations

万世一系

see styles
 banseiikkei / bansekke
    ばんせいいっけい
(yoji) unbroken imperial line

不斷念佛


不断念佛

see styles
bù duàn niàn fó
    bu4 duan4 nian4 fo2
pu tuan nien fo
 fudan nenbutsu
Unceasing remembrance, or invocation of the Buddha; unbroken mindfulness

念念相續


念念相续

see styles
niàn niàn xiāng xù
    nian4 nian4 xiang1 xu4
nien nien hsiang hsü
 nennen sōzoku
Unbroken continuity; continuing instant in unbroken thought or meditation on a subject; also unceasing invocation of a Buddha's name; moment-to-moment continuity

接連不斷


接连不断

see styles
jiē lián bù duàn
    jie1 lian2 bu4 duan4
chieh lien pu tuan
in unbroken succession (idiom)

連綿不断

see styles
 renmenfudan
    れんめんふだん
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) long and uninterrupted (unbroken)

Variations:
一望
一眸

see styles
 ichibou / ichibo
    いちぼう
(noun/participle) one sweep (of the eye); sweeping view; unbroken view

Variations:
悍馬
駻馬

see styles
 kanba
    かんば
unruly horse; unmanageable horse; unbroken horse

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