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BEARING

Edited by Jin Ying (Years unknown, Qing Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang and Zhi Yue

Every setback experienced means another enhancement of knowledge.

Every adversity endured means another emergence of greater magnanimity.

Every moment of calculation prevented means another growth of one’s morality.

Every compromise made means another advantage gained.

Every moment of indulgence spent means another bit of blessing consumed.

Every act of consideration means another progress in reasoning.

A THEORY ON WEALTH AND POVERTY

The virtue of the wealthy comes from the ability to give,

The virtue of the poor comes from the freedom from desire,

The virtue of the nobility comes from humbly leading others.

The virtue of the lower class comes from not being attached to status.

SECRETS OF THE FIVE WORDS

“Slow-wittedness” lessens one’s chances of mistakes,

“Deliberation” exempts one from regrets,

“Concession” distances one from misfortune,

“Discipline” enhances one’s blessings,

“Tranquility” prolongs one’s life.

Bear in mind the attitude of magnanimity, and be equipped with patience in dealing with matters. Such is the way to become well established.

── from Geyan Lianbi (Aphorisms and Apothegms)