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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Miao Guang, Zhi Yue, Tom Manzo, and Shujan Cheng

There is no greater happiness
than auspiciousness and peace.
There is no greater enjoyment
than tranquility and serenity.

The capacity of a person’s heart
determines the grandness of his success.
The magnanimity of a person’s heart
determines the level of his accomplishments.

The best way to negotiate
is to think of the benefit of the other party;
The best way to develop affinity
is to help others succeed.

People fail because they have
Only five minutes of enthusiasm.
People succeed because they persevere
Even through the last five minutes.*

The least promising people are those
who sacrifice others for their own benefit.
The most promising people are those
who sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others.

Form good affinities by cooperating with others.
Show your passion by your performance at work.
Take joy in giving by living frugally.
Create your future by working diligently.

── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan

(Roots of Wisdom; *Humble Table, Wise Fare)