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GENTLEMAN AND THE VILLAIN
by Yanyin Hongyi (1880 - 1942)
English translation: John Balcom

I do not know what it means to be a gentleman,
But see that he is the one that receives the least.
I do not know what it means to be a base person,
But see that he likes to profit at the expense of others.

SONG OF THE REFRESHING MOON
English translation: Miao Guang, Zhi Yue, and Alex Madjar

The refreshing moon,
The moon shines especially bright and clear,
From the heart of sky.
Let us sing the refreshing song,
Lighting our hearts with laughter.
The refreshing breeze,
In the refreshing wind,
Blows away our fiery anger,
So that all is in harmony.
The refreshing water,
In the refreshing river,
Washes away the dirt.
Let us sing the refreshing song,
Happy being clean in body and mind.
Refreshing, refreshing,
It’s the ultimate truth.


PRINCIPLES OF SOCIAL RELATIONS

With every step one learns to yield,
one gains a share of benefit.
With every enjoyment one gains,
one consumes a portion of good fortune.
Never finish doing everything yourself,
Nor speak with full intent.
Keep your friendships bland,
Turn a deaf ear to slander,
Set a strict standard for self-improvement,
Play weak against offensiveness.

In dealing with arduous matters, the more generosity the better.
In facing difficult people, the more kindness and honesty the better.
In resolving urgent matters, the calmer the better.

── from Hongyi Dashi Quanji (The Complete Works of Master Hongyi)