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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Man Ho

To succeed, one needs hardship.
To be celebrated, one needs pressure.
To gain honor, one needs to labor.
To achieve, one needs to sacrifice and be dedicated.

An ancient tree survives wind and frost.
A skyscraper is raised with money and sweat.
An old business has its ups and downs.
An old man is tested by misfortune.

Those who don’t look back have no past.
Those who don’t look forward have no future.
Those who don’t seize the moment have no present.
Those who don’t master themselves will not change society.

── from The Everlasting Light

English translation: Tom Manzo and Shujan Cheng

The orchid is hidden in the secluded valley;
Pearls are hidden in the ocean depths;
Precious jade is hidden in painstaking polishing;
Steel is hidden in hammering and shaping;
Great minds are hidden in slow maturity;
Success is hidden in modesty and humiliation;
The sage and the virtuous are hidden in narrow plots;
The wisest are hidden in the most foolish.

── from Humble Table, Wise Fare