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The name Cherish in Chinese / Japanese...

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Better to be Happy than Rich

 ān pín lè dào
Better to be Happy than Rich Scroll

安貧樂道 means “It's better to be happy than rich” in Chinese.

Even if you are poor, you should still feel satisfied in your life...

...Satisfaction, happiness and the meaning of your life come from within yourself and not from money or riches of the world.

In Chinese, there are a lot of four-character proverbs which express some very old philosophies.
Though there are only four characters on this scroll, in Chinese, the meanings often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.

In this case, you should not set your expectations too high for the money or riches you wish to have. One who sets their expectations too high is almost always disappointed. Instead, you should cherish what you have, seek to improve yourself from within, and not measure your worth by the size of your bank account.

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 zhēn ài
Cherish Scroll

珍愛 means to cherish, to treasure, or to love dearly in Chinese.

 hi zou
Cherish Scroll

秘蔵 means to cherish, treasure, or prize in Japanese.

Time is as Precious as Gold

 xī shí rú jīn
Time is as Precious as Gold Scroll

This proverb can be translated as “Cherish Time as if it was Gold” or “Time is as Valuable as Gold.”

This basically suggests that time is gold, and you should value the time you have (and use it well).

Love and Protect

 ài hù
 ai go
Love and Protect Scroll

愛護 is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji for cherish, to treasure, to take care of, to love and protect, to provide loving protection, or tender care.

Protect Guard Treasure Cherish

 hù xí
Protect Guard Treasure Cherish Scroll

護惜 is a Zen Buddhist word that means to protect, guard, treasure, and/or cherish.

These search terms might be related to Cherish:

Precious / Treasure

Protect Guard Treasure Cherish

Respect / Honor / Esteem

Self-Respect / Self-Esteem

The Value of Warriors Lies in Their Quality


Value of Warrior Generals

You Must Endure a Harsh Winter to Appreciate the Warmth of Springtime

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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ài hù
    ai4 hu4
ai hu

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Love and Protect
to cherish; to treasure; to take care of; to love and protect
(noun, transitive verb) protection; tender care; (personal name) Aigo
to love and protect



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zhēn ài
    zhen1 ai4
chen ai

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to cherish



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zì ài
    zi4 ai4
tzu ai
self-respect; self-love; self-regard; regard for oneself; to cherish one's good name; to take good care of one's health
(n,vs,vi) (1) (See ご自愛ください) taking care of oneself; (n,vs,vi) (2) self-love
Self-love, cause of all pursuit or seeking, which in turn causes all suffering. All Buddhas put away self-love and all pursuit, or seeking, such elimination being nirvāṇa.



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hù xí
    hu4 xi2
hu hsi

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Protect Guard Treasure Cherish
to cherish

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to keep in the mouth; to contain
To hold in the mouth: cherish: restrain.

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to cherish; to begrudge; to pity; Taiwan pr. [xi2]
(adverb) (kana only) alas; regrettably; to my great regret; tragically; (personal name) Suminori
To care for, regard, compassionate, pity; spare.


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bosom; heart; mind; to think of; to harbor in one's mind; to conceive (a child)
(out-dated kanji) (1) bosom; bust; (2) (breast) pocket; purse; handbag
To carry in the bosom, mind, or heart; to embrace, cherish; the bosom.

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to hold; to carry (in one's arms); to hug; to embrace; to surround; to cherish; (coll.) (of clothes) to fit nicely
(surname) Kakae
Embrace, enfold, cherish.

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(bound form) to clasp under the arm; (bound form) to coerce; (bound form) to harbor (resentment etc)
To clasp under the arm; to cherish; to presume on.

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lapel; overlap of Chinese gown; fig. bosom (the seat of emotions); to cherish (ambition, desires, honorable intentions etc) in one's bosom
(1) collar; lapel; neckband; neck; (2) nape of the neck; scruff of the neck; (female given name) Eri



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hē hù
    he1 hu4
ho hu
to bless; to cherish; to take good care of; to conserve


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cherish the memory of; yearn for



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shàn cái
    shan4 cai2
shan ts`ai
    shan tsai
to cherish wealth
(surname) Zenzai



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xīn huái
    xin1 huai2
hsin huai
to harbor (thoughts); to cherish; to entertain (illusions)
to harbor in one's mind


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niàn xiǎng
    nian4 xiang3
nien hsiang
to miss (the presence of); to cherish the memory of; aspiration; desire; something one keeps thinking about; (coll.) keepsake; memento; (coll.) impression (of sb or something in one's mind)



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niàn jiù
    nian4 jiu4
nien chiu
to remember old friends; to cherish old friendships; for old time's sake


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sī mù
    si1 mu4
ssu mu
to cherish the memory of sb; to think of with respect
(noun, transitive verb) yearning; longing for; deep affection
longing for



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ài niàn
    ai4 nian4
ai nien
(archaism) affection; strong feeling of love
to cherish



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ài xī
    ai4 xi1
ai hsi
 aiseki; aijaku
    あいせき; あいじゃく
to cherish; to treasure; to use sparingly
(noun, transitive verb) missing someone; loathing to part
Love and care for; to be unwilling to giving up; sparing.



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ài cái
    ai4 cai2
ai ts`ai
    ai tsai
to value talent; to cherish talented people


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wèi yù
    wei4 yu4
wei yü
to love and cherish



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huái gǔ
    huai2 gu3
huai ku
to recall the past; to cherish the memory of past events; to reminisce; nostalgic



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huái niàn
    huai2 nian4
huai nien
to cherish the memory of; to think of; to reminisce



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huái bào
    huai2 bao4
huai pao
to hug; to cherish; within the bosom (of the family); to embrace (also fig. an ideal, aspiration etc)


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zhēn xī
    zhen1 xi1
chen hsi
to treasure; to value; to cherish


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téng xī
    teng2 xi1
t`eng hsi
    teng hsi
to cherish; to dote on



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jīn ài
    jin1 ai4
chin ai
to cherish


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xī han
    xi1 han5
hsi han
rare; uncommon; rare thing; rarity; to value as a rarity; to cherish; Taiwan pr. [xi1 han3]



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xiōng huái
    xiong1 huai2
hsiung huai
one's bosom (the seat of emotions); breast; broad-minded and open; to think about; to cherish



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xī cùn yīn
    xi1 cun4 yin1
hsi ts`un yin
    hsi tsun yin
to cherish every moment; to make good use of one's time

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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
Better to be Happy than Rich安貧樂道
ān pín lè dào
an1 pin2 le4 dao4
an pin le dao
an p`in le tao
an pin le tao
zhēn ài / zhen1 ai4 / zhen ai / zhenaichen ai / chenai
Cherish秘蔵hi zou / hizou / hi zo
Time is as Precious as Gold惜時如金
xī shí rú jīn
xi1 shi2 ru2 jin1
xi shi ru jin
hsi shih ju chin
Love and Protect愛護
ai go / aigoài hù / ai4 hu4 / ai hu / aihu
Protect Guard Treasure Cherish護惜
goshakuhù xí / hu4 xi2 / hu xi / huxihu hsi / huhsi
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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