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THE JOY OF READING THROUGHOUT THE FOUR PERIODS
by Weng Sen (Years unknown, Song Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

Scenic mountains shine upon railings
while water encircles the corridors;
Upon returning from the prayer for rain
I recite poems as I bathe in the
fragrant spring breeze.
Birds sitting atop branches are also friends;
while fallen flowers on the water
are all literary works.
Waste not the good times of life
or youth will fade into old age;
The only good thing in life is to read.
How is the joy of reading experienced?
It is as the uncut grass green
that fills up your window scene.

── from Yipiao Gao (Manuscripts of Yipiao)


HOW TO USE BOOKS
by Zhang Chao (1650 - ? , Qing Dynasty)
English translation: Zhi Yue

Collecting books is easy, reading them is difficult.
Reading books is easy, studying them is difficult.
Studying books is easy, applying them is difficult.
Applying it is easy, remembering is difficult.


THOSE WHO ARE FORTUNATE

Those who have skills for reading, are fortunate.
Those who have power to aid others, are fortunate.
Those who have the knowledge to write, are fortunate.
Those who remain unaffected by gossip, are fortunate.
Those who have famous, honest, and forgiving friends, are fortunate.

── from You Meng Ying (Quiet Dream Shadows)