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EIGHT SCHOOL MOTTOS (EXCERPT)
by Nie Qijie (1880 - 1953, Qing Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

Sincerity:
Maintain an upright mind and be practical in handling matters. Put no one in the dark about the truth, and act with a clear conscience.

Trust:
Complete one’s tasks and never speak at full-length. Failure to keep one’s words results in anger and resentment.

Benevolence:
Feel happy for the success of others. Sympathize for those in adversity.

Honesty:
Honesty is the key to sustained development; magnanimity is the foundation of accumulated blessings. Speak not in a manner that offends others.

Diligence:
Among the many reasons why one fails in acquiring knowledge or in pursuing a career, laziness tops the list.

Frugality:
There is no need to depend on others for survival. One only needs to be diligent in production and frugal in consuming resources.

Modesty:
Humbleness in a noble person is a vessel that carries one far along the Way. Willingness to learn leads to progress, and willingness to consult brings benefit.

Humility:
Those of courage and greatness in the past were able to lower themselves in relation to others. The cultivation of humility leads to a noble reputation.

Students, you must keep these words in mind.

── from Fojiao Congshu (Essential Guide to Buddhism)