Raising my head, I see the moon so bright; withdrawing my eyes, my nostalgia comes around.
A bosom friend afar brings distance near.
We wish each other a long life so as to share the beauty of this graceful moon light, even though miles apart.
A lonely stranger in a strange land I am cast, I miss my family all the more on every festive day.
The endless river eastward flows; with its huge waves are gone all those gallant heroes of bygone years.
If two people are of the same mind, their sharpness can cut through metal.
It is a true great man whom no money and rank can confuse, no poverty and hardship can shake, and no power and force can suffocate.
A huge tree that fills one’s arms grows from a tiny seedling; a nine-storied tower rises from a heap of earth; a thousand li journey starts with the first step.
Misfortune, that is where happiness depends; happiness, that is where misfortune underlies.
On seeing a man of virtue, try to become his equal; on seeing a man without virtue, examine yourself not to have the same defects.
This land so rich in beauty has made countless heroes bow in homage.
All are past and gone; we look to this age for truly great men.
The gentleman helps others to achieve their moral perfection but not their evil conduct.
A righteous man never feels ashamed to face his shadow when standing alone and to face his soul when sleeping alone.
The friendship between men of virtue is light like water, yet affectionate; the friendship between men without virtue is sweet like wine, yet easily broken.
Expend the respect of the aged in one’s family to that of other families; expend the love of the young ones in one’s family to that of other families.
Propriety suggests reciprocity. It is not propriety not to give out but to receive, or vice versa.
If love between both sides can last for aye, why need they stay together night and day?
The way ahead is long; I see no ending, yet high and low I’ll search with my will unbending.
The people are the most important element in a state; next are the gods of land and grain; least is the ruler himself.
A long dike will collapse because of an ant-hole in it; a tall building will be burned down by a spark from a chimney’s chink.
Carve but give up half way, even a decayed piece of wood will not break; carve without stop, even metal and stone can be engraved.
People have sorrow and joy; they part and meet again. The moon dims or shines; it waxes or wanes. Nothing is perfect, not even in the olden days.
Learning and culture are to a person what polished and grinding are to jade.