Can somebody tell me what is written in this painting?

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The Chinese people selling this painting told me it's related to inner peace, tranquility, being a kind o "mantra" they couldn't translate.

  • The characters are: 宁静致远 / 寧靜致遠
    – fefe
    Nov 23, 2018 at 1:30
  • anyone could recognize the signature?
    – aafulei
    Dec 30, 2018 at 4:31

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The calligraphy writing 寧靜致遠 is a quote origin from an ancient scroll call 淮南子, under the page 主术训.

Here is the whole phrase : 是故非澹漠无以明志,非宁静无以致远。

The whole phrase is a philosophy, which will take pages to explain. I will try to summarize them.

  • 是故非澹漠无以明志 one must be put aside your own crave and obsession to know your goals clearly.

  • 非宁静无以致远 : Without calmness, one cannot achieve their long term goals


Approximately, if you are calm and rational you'll get farther, or if you don't act rashly and blindly you'll be successful.

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