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Unbroken

lián mián
ren men
Unbroken Vertical Wall Scroll

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

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
Death Before Dishonor Vertical Wall 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.

This 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.

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
níng wéi yù suì
Death Before Dishonor Vertical Wall 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."

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

連綿


连绵

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lián mián / lian2 mian2
lien mien
 renmen / れんめん
Death Before Dishonor Vertical Wall 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

無間


无间

see styles
wú jiān / wu2 jian1
wu chien
 mugen
very close; no gap between them; continuously; unbroken; hard to separate; indistinguishable
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

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

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

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

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)

一望;一眸

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

悍馬;駻馬

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

綿綿;綿々

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

縷縷;縷々

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

脈脈;脈々

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

切れ目のない

see styles
 kiremenonai / きれめのない (exp,adj-pn) seamless; contiguous; unbroken; non-stop

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Lookup Unbroken in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Unbroken連綿
连绵
ren men / renmenlián mián
lian2 mian2
lian mian
lianmian
lien mien
lienmien
Death Before Dishonor寧為玉碎不為瓦全
宁为玉碎不为瓦全
níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4 bu2 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
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
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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