止戈為武

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Chinese[edit]

to stop; prohibit; till spear
 
because of; for; to
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
martial; military
trad. (止戈為武)
simp. (止戈为武)

Etymology[edit]

From the analysis of the character as being composed of (“to stop”) and (“war”) in Zuozhuan:

:「武軍以為京觀子孫武功。」:「止戈為武武王:『干戈弓矢懿德。』」 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
:“武军以为京观子孙武功。”:“止戈为武武王:‘干戈弓矢懿德。’” [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Commentary of Zuo, circa 4th century BCE
Pān Dǎng yuē: “Jūn hé zhù wǔjūn, ér shōu Jìn shī yǐwèi jīngguān, chén wén kè dí, bì shì zǐsūn, yǐ wú wàng wǔgōng.” Chǔ zǐ yuē: “Fēi ěr suǒ zhī yě, fú wén, zhǐgēwéiwǔ. Wǔwáng kè Shāng, zuò sòng yuē: ‘Zǎi jí gāngē, zǎi gāo gōngshǐ, wǒ qiú yìdé, sì yú shí xià, yǔn wáng bǎo zhī.’” [Pinyin]
Pan Dang said to him, 'Why should your lordship not signalize your triumph by making a mound, and collect in it the bodies of the Jinites so as to form a grand monument? I have heard that successful battles should be shown to posterity, so that the prowess of them may not be forgotten." The viscount said, "You do not know what you are talking about. The character for 'prowess' is formed by those for 'to stay' and 'a spear'. When king Wu had subdued Shang, he made the ode, which says, 'He has called in shields and spears; He has returned to their cases bows and arrows. I will seek true virtue, and display it throughout the great land, that as king I may indeed preserve our appointment.'"

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止戈為武

  1. to end a war is the true military accomplishment