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Failure is the Mother of Success

‘Failure is the Mother of Success’ is written in Chinese as失败是成功之母 (pronunciation: shībài shì chénggōng zhī mǔ). The first two characters, 失败 (shībài), mean ‘fail, be defeated’. The third character, 是 (shì), means ‘is’. The fourth and fifth characters, 成功 (chénggōng), means ‘success’. The sixth character, 之 (zhī), is similar to the possessive apostrophe in

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Knowledge is Power

The maxim, knowledge is power, is translated into Chinese as 知识就是力量 (pronunciation: zhīshi jiùshì lìliàng). The first two characters, 知识 (zhīshi), mean ‘knowledge’. The third and fourth characters, 就是 (jiùshì) mean ‘be, exactly, precisely’. The final two characters, 力量 (lìliàng), means ‘power, force’. Other cool tattoo ideas that incorporate one or more of these characters

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Chinese Symbol for Water

The Chinese symbol for water is 水 (pronunciation: shuǐ). It is a picture of water flowing in the up/down direction. This character is a component in numerous words and phrases, such as 水平 (shuǐpíng – standard; level; proficiency), 水泥 (shuǐní – cement), 洪水 (hóngshuǐ – flood), 水果 (shuǐguǒ – fruit), 雨水 (yǔshuǐ – rainwater), 水库

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Chinese Symbol for Strength

Strength in Chinese is 力量 (pronunciation: lì liang). The first character, 力 (lì), means ‘strength, force’ and is found in such words and expressions as 努力 (nǔlì – make great effort; try hard), 力气 (lìqi – physical strength), 压力 (yālì – pressure), 精力 (jīnglì – energy; vigor), 不费吹灰之力 (bù fèi chuīhuīzhīlì -not needing the slightest

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Chinese Symbol for Genius

The world has had a few of them – Einstein, Steve Jobs, John Nash, George Bush. Well, maybe not the last one. The Chinese word for Genius is 奇才 (pronunciation: qí cái). The first character, 奇 (qí), means ‘marvellous, rare, strange’, and can be found in such words and phrases as 奇迹 (qíjì – miracle;

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Chinese Symbol for Wisdom

The Chinese word for Wisdom is 智慧 (pronunciation: zhì huì). The first character, 智 (zhì), when bound with other characters generally means ‘resourcefulness, wit’. The top part of the character 知 means ‘know’, while the bottom part 日 means ‘sun’. The character 智 can be found in such words and expressions as 智能 (zhìnéng –

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Chinese Symbol for Bear

The Chinese word for Bear is 熊 (pronunciation: xióng). The character depicts a bear, but exactly how isn’t known for sure. The bottom four lines represent fire, and could either mean cooking bear meat, or they may actually just represent the bear’s feet. 熊 is found in such words as 熊猫 (xióngmāo – panda, literally

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Chinese Symbol for Aquarius

Aquarius (simplified Chinese: 水瓶座; pinyin: shuǐ píng zuò), the 11th astrological sign in the Zodiac (January 20 to February 18), consists of three characters. The first character, 水 (shuǐ), means ‘water’, and represents a picture of water flowing. This character can be found in such words and phrases as 洪水 (hóngshuǐ – flood), 雨水 (yǔshuǐ

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Chinese Symbol for Elegant

The Chinese word for elegant is 文雅 (wén yǎ). The first character, 文 (wén), means ‘language, literature’, and can be found in such words and expressions as 文化 (wénhuà – culture; civilization ), 天文 (tiānwén – astronomy), 不文不武 (bùwénbùwǔ – incompetent; incapable), and 断发纹身 (duànfàwénshēn – cut one’s hair short and tattoo one’s body; have

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Chinese Symbol for Pisces

Pisces (simplified Chinese: 双鱼座; pinyin: shuāng yú zuò), the 12th astrological sign in the Zodiac (February 18 to March 20), consists of three characters. The first character, 双 (shuāng), means ‘two, twin, both, dual’, and is found in such words and expressions as双方 (shuāngfāng – both sides; two parties), 才貌双全 (cáimàoshuāngquán – be both beautiful

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