Do not take pleasure in material goods,
Do not express pity for oneself.
Occupiers of the palace hall worry for their people;
Dwellers of remote districts worry for their ruler.
Progress causes worry,
Retreat likewise causes worry;
Exactly when will a moment of happiness come?
It is when one is able to
Regard as one’s top concern the state’s affairs,
And place as one’s last goal one’s own enjoyments.