Stonepeace (951-960)


[951]

With time always running out,
why only hope to do better later?
Why not start doing better now?

[952]

Those sincere about improvement
take definitive action,
while those insincere
only talk about it indefinitely.

[953]

Those who only lament
of their suffering
without taking the action
needed to overcome it
will suffer on until they do.

[954]

If more good opportunities
are wanted,
more heavy responsibilities
should be expected.

[955]

That you cling to is
that you are limited by.

[956]

There is venting
from being pent-up
only when there is clinging
to something.

[957]

When one keeps
openly talking nonsense,
it might be diversion
from more nonsense
that is secretly being done.

[958]

德行不足,
难被人度。
德行不足,
他人难度。

When virtuous practices are not enough,
it is difficult to be delivered by others.
When virtuous practices are not enough,
others are difficult to be delivered by you.

[959]

Effective art clarifies the abstract.
Ineffective art obfuscates it further.

[960]

What is more irritable
than that which irritates me
is that I am irritable.