My young sons, hear these instructions:
Study with diligence, be filial and kind-hearted.
Be humble and modest, abide in justice.
Control your diet, abstain from leisure.
Do not lie, never be greedy for profit.
Do not be capricious, never throw a tantrum.
Do not challenge others, only be in control of oneself.
Learn to be modest, humbleness is beneficial.
Tolerate others, for it makes you big-hearted.
Everything about being a man lies in the heart.
With a kind heart, blessings will be within reach.
With a wicked heart, misfortune will be inevitable.
In the metaphor of a fruit, the stalk is the heart;
When the stalk rots, the fruit will fall to the ground.
My teachings for you holds such intentions,
Listen attentively, and remember them well.
── from Wang Yangming Quanji (Complete Works of Wang Yangming)