Mahatma Gandhi – Inspirational Quotes, Film, and Speech

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi a.k.a. Mahatma Gandhi a.k.a. Bapu, was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu (endearment for “father”) in India.

An epic biographical film – Gandhi (1982) – depicts the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India’s non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United Kingdom’s rule of the country during the 20th century.
The film covers Gandhi‘s life as a lawyer from a defining moment in 1893, as he is thrown off a South African train for being in a whites-only compartment, subsequently became the famed leader of India through his philosophy of non-violent protest against the British rule. The film concludes with his assassination and funeral in 1948. Although a practising Hindu, Gandhi‘s embracing of other faiths, particularly Christianity and Islam, is also depicted.

Below are some inspirational & motivational quotes from Gandhi (1982)

  1. No man’s life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the record and try to find one’s way to the heart of the man…
  2. Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth
  3. When you are fighting in a just cause, people seem to pop up, like you, right out of the pavement. Even when it’s dangerous.
  4. Doesn’t the New Testament say: “If your enemy strikes you on the right cheek, offer him the left.”
  5. I suspect he (God) meant you must show courage, be willing to take a blow, several blows, to show you won’t strike back, nor will you be turned aside. And when you do that, it calls on something in human nature, something that makes his hatred for you decrease and his respect increase.
  6. You’ll find there’s room for us all.
  7. Love thy neighbor as thyself
  8. We are all such sinners; we should leave punishment to God.
  9. Think of what you can do by living that you cannot do by dying.
  10. The only devils that are in this world are those that are running around in our own hearts. And that is where all our battles ought to be fought.
  11. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
  12. When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall, always.

Bonus motivational quote by Mahatma Gandhi

On October 1931, Mahatma Gandhi delivered a spiritual message to a huge crowd in London. The speech is centered on the mysterious power/being that rules everything in the universe, and asked listeners to have faith in this supreme entity that governs us all.

Inspirational speech by Mahatma Gandhi
Kingsley Hall, 1931

Transcript:

There is an indefinable mysterious power that pervades everything; I feel it though I do not see it. It is this unseen power which makes itself felt and yet defies all proof, because it is so unlike all that I perceive through my senses. It transcends the senses. But it is possible to reason out the existence of God to a limited extent. Even in ordinary affairs we know that people do not know who rules, or why and how He rules, and yet they know that there is a power that certainly rules.

In my tour last year in Mysore, I met many poor villagers and I found upon inquiry that they did not know who ruled Mysore. They simply said some God ruled it. If the knowledge of these poor people was so limited about their ruler, I, who am infinitely lesser in respect to God than they to their ruler, need not be surprised if I do not realize the presence of God – the King of Kings.

Nevertheless, I do feel, as the poor villagers felt about Mysore, that there is orderliness in the universe. There is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is not a blind law, for no blind law can govern the conduct of living being and thanks to the marvellous researches of Sir J. C. Bose, it can now be proved that even matter is life. That law then which governs all life is God. Law and the law-giver are one. I may not deny the law, or the law-giver, because I know so little about it or Him.

Just as my denial or ignorance of the existence of an earthly power will avail me nothing even so my denial of God and His law will not liberate me from its operation, whereas humble and mute acceptance of divine authority makes life’s journey easier even as the acceptance of earthly rule makes life under it easier. I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, and recreates. That informing power of spirit is God, and since nothing else that I see merely through the senses can or will persist, He alone is. And is this power benevolent or malevolent? I see it as purely benevolent, for I can see that in the midst of death, life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst of darkness, light persists. Hence I gather that God is life, truth, and light. He is love. He is the supreme Good. But He is no God who merely satisfies the intellect, if He ever does. God, to be God, must rule the heart and transform it. He must express himself in every smallest act of His votary. This can only be done through a definite realization, more real than the five senses can ever produce.

Sense perceptions can be and often are false and deceptive, however real they may appear to us. Where there is realization outside the senses it is infallible. It is proved not by extraneous evidence but in the transformed conduct and character of those who have felt the real presence of God within. Such testimony is to be found in the experiences of an unbroken line of prophets and sages in all countries and climes. To reject this evidence is to deny oneself. This realization is preceded by an immovable faith. He, who would, in his own person, test the fact of God’s presence, can do so by a living faith, and since faith itself cannot be proved by extraneous evidence, the safest course is to believe in the moral government of the world and therefore in the supremacy of the moral law, the law of truth and love. Exercise of faith will be the safest where there is a clear determination summarily to reject all that is contrary to truth and love. I confess that I have no argument to convince through reason. Faith transcends reason. All that I can advise is not to attempt the impossible.

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Dangerous Minds – There are no victims in this classroom

Video Transcript:

LouAnne: “Hey, listen. Nobody’s forcing you to be here. You have a choice. You can stay, or you can leave.”

Male Student: “Lady, why are you playing this game? We don’t have a choice.”

LouAnne: “You don’t have a choice? You don’t have a choice on whether or not you’re here?”

Male Student:” No. lf we leave, we don’t get to graduate. lf we stay, we got to put up with you.”

LouAnne: “Well, that’s a choice, isn’t it? You have a choice. You either don’t graduate or you have to put up with me. lt may not be a choice you like, but it is a choice.”

Female Student: “Man, you don’t understand nothing. I mean, you don’t come from where we live. You’re not bussed here.”

LouAnne: “Do you have a choice to get on that bus?”

Female Student: “Man, you come and live in my neighbourhood for one week and then you tell me if you got a choice.”

LouAnne: “There are a lot of people who live in your neighbourhood who choose NOT to get on that bus. What do they choose to do? They choose to go out and sell drugs. They choose to go out and kill people. They choose to do a lot of other things. But they choose not to get on that bus.
The people who choose to get on that bus, which are YOU, are the people who are saying, “I will not carry myself down to die. When I go to my grave, my head will be high.” That is a choice!
There are no VICTIMS in this classroom!

Female Student: “Why do you care anyway? You just here for the money.”

LouAnne: “Because I make a choice to care. And honey, the money ain’t that good.”

Female Student: “Whatever.”

 

Note: I miss my school days…

Why Do We Fall – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as Life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! (Rocky Balboa)

PAIN is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year; but eventually it will subside, and something else will take its place. If I quit however, it will last forever. (Lance Armstrong)

The margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don’t quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They’re in every break of the game, every minute, every second. (Any Given Sunday)

You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period. (The Pursuit of Happyness)

Don’t be afraid to fail. You can’t always win but don’t be afraid of making decisions. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

You have to believe in something different can happen. He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right. (Henry Ford)

Most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad. You just kinda want it. You don’t want it badder than you wanna party. You don’t want it as much as you want to be cool. Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep! (Eric Thomas)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. (Marianne Williamson)

You have to dig deep down, dig deep down and ask yourselves, who do you want to be? And figuring it out for yourself what makes you happy, no matter how crazy it may sound to the people. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Make a choice. Just decide what it’s going to be, who you’re going to be, how you’re going to do it. Just DECIDE! (Will Smith)

Why not? Why can’t I be the MVP of the league? Why can’t I be the best player in the league? I don’t see why not. Why can’t I do that? (Derrick Rose)

What did you say to the kid? It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. Get up. Get up, but don’t ever give up. (Rocky Balboa)

We can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell… one inch at a time. (Any Given Sunday)

To be able at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you will become. Most of you won’t be successful because when you’re studying, and you get tired, you quit! I don’t do well in math, your right. You ain’t never studied. I’m not good at writing, coz you have never written before! (Eric Thomas)

Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft. (Will Smith)

If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. (Will Smith)

Don’t cry to give up. Cry to keep going. Don’t cry to quit! You already in pain, you already hurt! Get a reward from it! (Eric Thomas)

Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! (Rocky Balboa)

Because everyday is a new day! Every moment is a new moment! So now you’ve gotta go out and show them that I’m a different creature. Now! (Ray Lewis)

I am gonna show you how great I am! (Muhammed Ali)

In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” — not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power — the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. (Charlie Chaplin)

Now… What are you gonna do? (Any Given Sunday)

Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. (Michael Jordan)

 

Related:
Why Do We Fall? – Alfred & Prison Escape

The Theory of Everything – Stephen Hawking

The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical romantic drama film directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease, and his success in physics.

The film stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones with Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, Christian McKay, and David Thewlis featured in supporting roles. The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2014.

The Theory of Everything is about the story of the physicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde, the literature student he fell in love with while studying at Cambridge in the 1960s.

Though Stephen is told he has just two years to live and wants to focus on his research, Jane is set on sticking by his side through thick and thin. What follows is the story of their love, Stephen’s research and their perseverance against adversity.

Below is a beautiful quote from the film – The Theory of Everything:

There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. However bad life may seem, while there is life, there is hope.

“The weight of science is against you. And this will not be a fight, Jane. This is going to be a very heavy defeat, for all of us.”
“I don’t look like a terribly strong person. But I love him, and he loves me. We’re going to fight this illness together.”

Extra material on Stephen Hawking:
Stephen Hawking opens Paralympic Ceremony

P.S.
Congratulation to Eddie Redmayne for his win in Oscar 2015 Best Actor award, besting worthy contenders including Michael Keaton (Birdman) & Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Splendid performance for his portrayal as Stephen Hawking!!!

 

Compilation of the best of Henry David Thoreau – Simplicity at its best

Henry David Thoreau - Live the Life you have Imagined
Henry David Thoreau – Live the Life you have Imagined

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, and philosopher who is well-known for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

Thoreau‘s books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and “Yankee” love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life’s true essential needs.

Below are 233 quotes attributed to Henry David Thoreau.

001 So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.
002 As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
003 If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
004 I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
005 There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself; but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.
006 I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
007 I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
008 Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
009 A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man’s life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
010 I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.
011 The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
012 Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.
013 The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
014 Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
015 While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
016 I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
017 As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
018 I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.
019 If it is surely the means to the highest end we know, can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder, the means by which we are translated?
020 Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.
021 Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.
022 If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
023 There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.
024 If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
025 A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
026 It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.
027 The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
028 The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
029 Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
030 As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
031 Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
032 I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
033 Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
034 Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
035 How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
036 If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
037 There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.
038 I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
039 There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
040 As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.
041 The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
042 If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
043 If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
044 To be admitted to Nature’s hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.
045 Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
046 Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
047 There never was and is not likely soon to be a nation of philosophers, nor am I certain it is desirable that there should be.
048 In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
049 When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
050 Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
051 Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
052 Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends… Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
053 We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
054 Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?
055 I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.
056 Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.
057 Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
058 I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
059 Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
060 To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
061 Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
062 A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.
063 What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
064 It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
065 Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
066 If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.
067 There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.
068 The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
069 Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.
070 There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
071 All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.
072 What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
073 We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being.
074 The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
075 Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.
076 Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.
077 It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
078 No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.
079 The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
080 If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself.
081 There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
082 I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.
083 Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.
084 There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
085 The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
086 What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
087 Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
088 How many things there are concerning which we might well deliberate whether we had better know them.
089 Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.
090 In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.
091 We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
092 It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today.
093 In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
094 I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
095 Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
096 Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?
097 Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
098 Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
099 What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
100 Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!
101 You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
102 The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.
103 I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
104 Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
105 There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.
106 Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.
107 It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
108 Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way.
109 Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
110 Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
111 I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.
112 Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
113 If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
114 I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.
115 It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.
116 If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
117 There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
118 True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
119 I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
120 I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.
121 How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?
122 I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
123 It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
124 It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
125 In the meanest are all the materials of manhood, only they are not rightly disposed.
126 Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
127 Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.
128 Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
129 It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
130 There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
131 The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.
132 A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
133 God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.
134 Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
135 Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
136 What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?
137 A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
138 Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
139 They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.
140 Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
141 The lawyer’s truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
142 Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
143 I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
144 Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
145 The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
146 Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.
147 How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
148 All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
149 We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
150 Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
151 Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
152 Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.
153 It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
154 It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.
155 There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.
156 It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.
157 Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.
158 Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
159 It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
160 The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
161 To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
162 I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
163 We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
164 I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid.
165 May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
166 Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
167 To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
168 Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.
169 We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
170 It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
171 Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
172 I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks.
173 Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.
174 It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
175 What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
176 Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
177 The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
178 Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
179 The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
180 Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
181 Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.
182 Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
183 We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
184 Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
185 None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
186 An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
187 The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
188 There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
189 Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
190 The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
191 As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
192 After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
193 Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
194 If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
195 Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
196 Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.
197 Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
198 That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
199 Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
200 Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
201 Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
202 An unclean person is universally a slothful one.
203 How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?
204 Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
205 Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
206 It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
207 If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?
208 This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
209 There is no just and serene criticism as yet.
210 In wildness is the preservation of the world.
211 There is no remedy for love but to love more.
212 The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
213 That government is best which governs least.
214 Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
215 It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
216 The universe is wider than our views of it.
217 Be not simply good – be good for something.
218 The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
219 Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
220 Men have become the tools of their tools.
221 Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
222 The perception of beauty is a moral test.
223 The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
224 Truths and roses have thorns about them.
225 What is once well done is done forever.
226 Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
227 The heart is forever inexperienced.
228 Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
229 Things do not change; we change.
230 Faith never makes a confession.
231 Being is the great explainer.
232 Live the life you’ve dreamed.
233 Simplify, simplify.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but i have promises to keep, and miles to go before i sleep - Robert Frost
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but i have promises to keep, and miles to go before i sleep – Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

~Robert Frost~

Read poem by Robert Frost
The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost

Thousand Character Classic 千字文 with Pinyin

The Thousand Character Classic <<千字文>> is one of the few Chinese ancient text used to teach basic Chinese literacy to school children in the past in China. It contains exactly one thousand characters, arranged into four line rhyming stanzas to make memorization easier. In addition to being a tool for teaching reading and writing, the essay also incorporated basic facts that would be useful to children.

The Thousand Character Classic still has its use in today’s modern society, mostly for practicing one’s calligraphy, for personal improvement, and also in preparation for study of Classical Chinese

The Three Character Classic <<三字经>>, The Hundred Family Surnames <<百家姓>>, and The Thousand Character Classic <<千字文>> are prominently known as San Bai Qian <<三百千>>, from the first Chinese character in their respective titles. These three texts are widely used in China in the past to educate children on basic Mandarin literacy, and most importantly, the deep and rich Chinese culture that are described within these classics.

Below is the copy in Simplified Chinese with Pinyin of the timeless classic – The Thousand Character Classic <<千字文>>

<<千字文>>
The Thousand Character Classic

#01

天地玄黄,宇宙洪荒

#02

日月盈昃,辰宿列张

#03

寒来暑往,秋收冬藏

#04

闰余成岁,律吕调阳

#05

云腾致雨,露结为霜

#06

金生丽水,玉出昆冈

#07

剑号巨阙,珠称夜光

#08

果珍李柰,菜重芥姜

#09

海咸河淡,鳞潜羽翔

#10

龙师火帝,鸟官人皇

#11

始制文字,乃服衣裳

#12

推位让国,有虞陶唐

#13

吊民伐罪,周发殷汤

#14

坐朝问道,垂拱平章

#15

爱育黎首,臣伏戎羌

#16

遐迩一体,率宾归王

#17

鸣凤在竹,白驹食场

#18

化被草木,赖及万方

#19

盖此身发,四大五常

#20

恭惟鞠养,岂敢毁伤

#21

女慕贞洁,男效才良

#22

知过必改,得能莫忘

#23

罔谈彼短,靡恃己长

#24

信使可复,器欲难量

#25

墨悲丝染,诗赞羔羊

#26

景行维贤,克念作圣

#27

德建名立,形端表正

#28

空谷传声,虚堂习听

#29

祸因恶积,福缘善庆

#30

尺璧非宝,寸阴是竞

#31

资父事君,曰严与敬

#32

孝当竭力,忠则尽命

#33

临深履薄,夙兴温凊

#34

似兰斯馨,如松之盛

#35

川流不息,渊澄取映

#36

容止若思,言辞安定

#37

笃初诚美,慎终宜令

#38

荣业所基,籍甚无竟

#39

学优登仕,摄职从政

#40

存以甘棠,去而益咏

#41

乐殊贵贱,礼别尊卑

#42

上和下睦,夫唱妇随

#43

外受傅训,入奉母仪

#44

诸姑伯叔,犹子比儿

#45

孔怀兄弟,同气连枝

#46

交友投分,切磨箴规

#47

仁慈隐恻,造次弗离

#48

节义廉退,颠沛匪亏

#49

性静情逸,心动神疲

#50

守真志满,逐物意移

#51

坚持雅操,好爵自縻

#52

都邑华夏,东西二京

#53

背邙面洛,浮渭据泾

#54

宫殿盘郁,楼观飞惊

#55

图写禽兽,画彩仙灵

#56

丙舍傍启,甲帐对楹

#57

肆筵设席,鼓瑟吹笙

#58

升阶纳陛,弁转疑星

#59

右通广内,左达承明

#60

既集坟典,亦聚群英

#61

杜稿钟隶,漆书壁经

#62

府罗将相,路侠槐卿

#63

户封八县,家给千兵

#64

高冠陪辇,驱毂振缨

#65

世禄侈富,车驾肥轻

#66

策功茂实,勒碑刻铭

#67

磻溪伊尹,佐时阿衡

#68

奄宅曲阜,微旦孰营

#69

桓公匡合,济弱扶倾

#70

绮回汉惠,说感武丁

#71

俊乂密勿,多士寔宁

#72

晋楚更霸,赵魏困横

#73

假途灭虢,践土会盟

#74

何遵约法,韩弊烦刑

#75

起翦颇牧,用军最精

#76

宣威沙漠,驰誉丹青

#77

九州禹迹,百郡秦并

#78

岳宗泰岱,禅主云亭

#79

雁门紫塞,鸡田赤城

#80

昆池碣石,钜野洞庭

#81

旷远绵邈,岩岫杳冥

#82

治本于农,务兹稼穑

#83

俶载南亩,我艺黍稷

#84

税熟贡新,劝赏黜陟

#85

孟轲敦素,史鱼秉直

#86

庶几中庸,劳谦谨敕

#87

聆音察理,鉴貌辨色

#88

贻厥嘉猷,勉其祗植

#89

省躬讥诫,宠增抗极

#90

殆辱近耻,林皋幸即

#91

两疏见机,解组谁逼

#92

索居闲处,沉默寂寥

#93

求古寻论,散虑逍遥

#94

欣奏累遣,戚谢欢招

#95

渠荷的历,园莽抽条

#96

枇杷晚翠,梧桐蚤凋

#97

陈根委翳,落叶飘摇

#98

游鵾独运,凌摩绛霄

#99

耽读玩市,寓目囊箱

#100

易輶攸畏,属耳垣墙

#101

具膳餐饭,适口充肠

#102

饱饫烹宰,饥厌糟糠

#103

亲戚故旧,老少异粮

#104

妾御绩纺,侍巾帷房

#105

纨扇圆絜,银烛炜煌

#106

昼眠夕寐,蓝笋象床

#107

弦歌酒宴,接杯举觞

#108

矫手顿足,悦豫且康

#109

嫡后嗣续,祭祀烝尝

#110

稽颡再拜,悚惧恐惶

#111

笺牒简要,顾答审详

#112

骸垢想浴,执热愿凉

#113

驴骡犊特,骇跃超骧

#114

诛斩贼盗,捕获叛亡

#115

布射僚丸,嵇琴阮啸

#116

恬笔伦纸,钧巧任钓

#117

释纷利俗,竝皆佳妙

#118

毛施淑姿,工颦妍笑

#119

年矢每催,曦晖朗曜

#120

璇玑悬斡,晦魄环照

#121

指薪修祜,永绥吉劭

#122

矩步引领,俯仰廊庙

#123

束带矜庄,徘徊瞻眺

#124

孤陋寡闻,愚蒙等诮

#125

谓语助者,焉哉乎也

<<千字文>>
The Thousand Character Classic

#01
天地玄黄,宇宙洪荒
tiān dì xuán huáng,yǔ zhòu hóng huāng
玄,天也;黄,地之色也;洪,大也;荒,远也;宇宙广大无边。

#02
日月盈昃,辰宿列张
rì yuè yíng zè,chén xiù liè zhāng
太阳有正有斜,月亮有缺有圆;星辰布满在无边的太空中。

#03
寒来暑往,秋收冬藏
hán lái shǔ wǎng,qiū shōu dōng cáng
寒暑循环变换,来了又去,去了又来;秋季里忙着收割,冬天里忙着储藏。

#04
闰余成岁,律吕调阳
rùn yú chéng suì,lǜ lǚ tiáo yáng
积累数年的闰余并成一个月,放在闰年里;古人用六律六吕来调节阴阳。

#05
云腾致雨,露结为霜
yún téng zhì yǔ,lù jié wéi shuāng
云气升到天空,遇冷就形成雨;露水碰上寒夜,很快凝结为霜。

#06
金生丽水,玉出昆冈
jīn shēng lí shuǐ,yù chū kūn gāng
金子生于金沙江底,玉石出自昆仑山岗。

#07
剑号巨阙,珠称夜光
jiàn hào jù què,zhū chēng yè guāng
最有名的宝剑叫“巨阙”,最贵重的明珠叫“夜光”。

#08
果珍李柰,菜重芥姜
guǒ zhēn lǐ nài,cài zhòng jiè jiāng
果子中最珍贵的是李和柰,蔬菜中最看重的是芥和姜。

#09
海咸河淡,鳞潜羽翔
hǎi xián hé dàn,lín qián yǔ xiáng
海水咸,河水淡;鱼儿在水中潜游,鸟儿在空中飞翔。

#10
龙师火帝,鸟官人皇
lóng shī huǒ dì,niǎo guān rén huáng
龙师、火帝、鸟官、人皇,这都是上古时代的帝皇官员。

#11
始制文字,乃服衣裳
shǐzhì wén zì,nǎi fú yī shāng
有了仓颉,开始创造了文字,有了嫘祖,人们才穿起了遮身盖体的衣裳。

#12
推位让国,有虞陶唐
tuī wèi ràng guó,yǒu yú táo táng
唐尧、虞舜英明无私,主动把君位禅让给功臣贤人。

#13
吊民伐罪,周发殷汤
diào mín fá zuì,zhōu fā yīn tāng
安抚百姓,讨伐暴君,有周武王姬发和商君成汤。

#14
坐朝问道,垂拱平章
zuò cháo wèn dào,chuí gǒng pián zhāng
贤君身坐朝廷,探讨治国之道,垂衣拱手,和大臣共商国事。

#15
爱育黎首,臣伏戎羌
ài yù lí shǒu,chén fú róng qiāng
他们爱抚、体恤老百姓,四方各族人都归附向往。

#16
遐迩一体,率宾归王
xiá ěr yī tǐ,shuài bīn guī wáng
远远近近都统一在一起,全都心甘情屈服贤君。

#17
鸣凤在竹,白驹食场
míng fèng zài zhú,bái jū shí cháng
凤凰在竹林中欢鸣,白马在草场上觅食,国泰民安,处处吉祥。

#18
化被草木,赖及万方
huà bèi cǎo mù,lài jí wàn fāng
贤君的教化覆盖大自然的一草一木,恩泽遍及天下百姓。

#19
盖此身发,四大五常
gài cǐ shēn fà,sì dà wǔ cháng
人的身体发肤分属于“四大”,一言一动都要符合“五常”。

#20
恭惟鞠养,岂敢毁伤
gōng wéi jū yǎng,qǐ gǎn huǐ shāng
恭蒙父母亲生养爱护,不可有一丝一毫的毁坏损伤。

#21
女慕贞洁,男效才良
nǚ mù zhēn jié,nán xiào cái liáng
女子要思慕那些为人称道的贞妇洁女,男子要效法有德有才的贤人。

#22
知过必改,得能莫忘
zhī guò bì gǎi,dé néng mò wàng
知道自己有过错,一定要改正;适合自己干的事,不要放弃。

#23
罔谈彼短,靡恃己长
wǎng tán bǐ duǎn,mǐ shì jǐ cháng
不要去谈论别人的短处,也不要依仗自己有长处就不思进取。

#24
信使可复,器欲难量
xìn shǐ kě fù,qì yù nán liáng
诚实的话要能经受时间的考验;器度要大,让人难以估量。

#25
墨悲丝染,诗赞羔羊
mò bēi sī rǎn,shī zàn gāo yáng
墨子为白丝染色不褪而悲泣,「诗经」中因此有「羔羊」篇传扬。

#26
景行维贤,克念作圣
jǐng xíng wéi xián,kè niàn zuò shèng
高尚的德行只能在贤人那里看到;要克制私欲,努力仿效圣人。

#27
德建名立,形端表正
dé jiàn míng lì,xíng duān biǎo zhèng
养成了好的道德,就会有好的名声;就像形体端庄,仪表也随之肃穆一样。

#28
空谷传声,虚堂习听
kōng gǔ chuán shēng,xū táng xí tīng
空旷的山谷中呼喊声传得很远,宽敞的厅堂里说话声非常清晰。

#29
祸因恶积,福缘善庆
huò yīn è jī,fú yuán shàn qìng
祸害是因为多次作恶积累而成,幸福是由于常年行善得到的奖赏。

#30
尺璧非宝,寸阴是竞
chǐ bì fēi bǎo,cùn yīn shì jìng
一尺长的璧玉算不上宝贵,一寸短的光阴却值得去争取。

#31
资父事君,曰严与敬
zī fù shì jūn,yuē yán yǔ jìng
供养父亲,待奉国君,要做到认真、谨慎、恭敬。

#32
孝当竭力,忠则尽命
xiào dāng jié lì,zhōng zé jìn mìng
对父母孝,要尽心竭力;对国君忠,要不惜献出生命。

#33
临深履薄,夙兴温凊
lín shēn lǚ bó,sù xīng wēn qìng
要“如临深渊,如履薄冰”那样小心谨慎;要早起晚睡,让父母冬暖夏凉。

#34
似兰斯馨,如松之盛
sì lán sī xīn,rú sōng zhī shèng
能这样去做,德行就同兰花一样馨香,同青松一样茂盛。

#35
川流不息,渊澄取映
chuān liú bù xī,yuān chéng qǔ yìng
还能延及子孙,像大河川流不息;影响世人,像碧潭清澄照人。

#36
容止若思,言辞安定
róng zhǐ ruò sī,yán cí ān dìng
仪态举止要庄重,看上去若有所思;言语措辞要稳重,显得从容沉静。

#37
笃初诚美,慎终宜令
dǔ chū chéng měi,shèn zhōng yí lìng
无论修身、求学、重视开头固然不错,认真去做,有好的结果更为重要。

#38
荣业所基,籍甚无竟
róng yè suǒ jī,jí shèn wú jìng
有德能孝是事业显耀的基础,这样的人声誉盛大,传扬不已。

#39
学优登仕,摄职从政
xué yōu dēng shì,shè zhí cóng zhèng
学习出色并有余力,就可走上仕道〈做官〉,担任一定的职务,参与国家的政事。

#40
存以甘棠,去而益咏
cún yǐ gān táng,qù ér yì yǒng
召公活着时曾在甘棠树下理政,他过世后老百姓对他更加怀念歌咏。

#41
乐殊贵贱,礼别尊卑
yuè shū guì jiàn,lǐ bié zūn bēi
选择乐曲要根据人的身份贵贱有所不同;采用礼节要按照人的地位高低有所区别。

#42
上和下睦,夫唱妇随
shàng hé xià mù,fū chàng fù suí
长辈和小辈要和睦相处,夫妇要一唱一随,协调和谐。

#43
外受傅训,入奉母仪
wài shòu fù xùn,rù fèng mǔ yí
在外面要听从师长的教诲,在家里要遵守母亲的规范。

#44
诸姑伯叔,犹子比儿
zhū gū bó shū,yóu zǐ bǐ ér
对待姑姑、伯伯、叔叔等长辈,要像是他们的亲生子女一样。

#45
孔怀兄弟,同气连枝
kǒng huái xiōng dì,tóng qì lián zhī
兄弟之间要非常相爱,因为同受父母血气,犹如树枝相连。

#46
交友投分,切磨箴规
jiāo yǒu tóu fèn,qiē mó zhēn guī
结交朋友要意相投,学习上切磋琢磨,品行上互相告勉。

#47
仁慈隐恻,造次弗离
rén cí yǐn cè,zào cì fú lí
仁义、慈爱,对人的恻隐之心,在最仓促、危急的情况下也不能抛离。

#48
节义廉退,颠沛匪亏
jié yì lián tuì,diān pèi fēi kuī
气节、正义、廉洁、谦让的美德,在最穷困潦倒的时候也不可亏缺。

#49
性静情逸,心动神疲
xìng jìng qíng yì,xīn dòng shén pí
品性沉静淡泊,情绪就安逸自在;内心浮躁好动,精神就疲惫困倦。

#50
守真志满,逐物意移
shǒu zhēn zhì mǎn,zhú wù yì yí
保持纯洁的天性,就会感到满足;追求物欲享受,天性就会转移改变。

#51
坚持雅操,好爵自縻
jiān chí yǎ cāo,hǎo jué zì mí
坚持高尚铁情操,好的职位自然会为你所有。

#52
都邑华夏,东西二京
dū yì huá xià,dōng xī èr jīng
古代的都城华美壮观,有东京洛阳和西京长安。

#53
背邙面洛,浮渭据泾
bèi máng miàn luò,fú wèi jù jīng
东京洛阳背靠北邙山,南临洛水;西京长安左跨渭河,右依泾水。

#54
宫殿盘郁,楼观飞惊
gōng diàn pán yù,lóu guàn fēi jīng
宫殿盘旋曲折,重重迭迭;楼阁高耸如飞,触目惊心。

#55
图写禽兽,画彩仙灵
tú xiě qín shòu,huà cǎi xiān líng
宫殿上绘着各种飞禽走兽,描画出五彩的天仙神灵。

#56
丙舍傍启,甲帐对楹
bǐng shè páng qǐ,jiǎ zhàng duì yíng
正殿两边的配殿从侧面开启,豪华的账幕对着高高的楹柱。

#57
肆筵设席,鼓瑟吹笙
sì yán shè xí,gǔ sè chuī shēng
宫殿中大摆宴席,乐人吹笙鼓瑟,一片歌舞升平的景象。

#58
升阶纳陛,弁转疑星
shēng jiē nà bì,biàn zhuàn yí xīng
登上台阶进入殿堂的文武百官,帽子团团转,像满天的星星。

#59
右通广内,左达承明
yòu tōng guǎng nèi,zuǒ dá chéng míng
右面通向用以藏书的广内殿,左面到达朝臣休息的承明殿。

#60
既集坟典,亦聚群英
jì jí fén diǎn,yì jù qún yīng
这里收藏了很多的典籍名著,也集着成群的文武英才。

#61
杜稿钟隶,漆书壁经
dù gǎo zhōng lì,qī shū bì jīng
书殿中有杜度的草书、钟繇的隶书,还有漆写的古籍和孔壁中的经典。

#62
府罗将相,路侠槐卿
fǔ luó jiàng xiàng,lù xiá huái qīng
宫廷内将想依次排成两列,宫廷外大夫公卿夹道站立。

#63
户封八县,家给千兵
hù fēng bā xiàn,jiā jǐ qiān bīng
他们每户有八县之广的封地,配备成千以上的士兵。

#64
高冠陪辇,驱毂振缨
gāo guān péi niǎn,qū gǔ zhèn yīng
他们戴着高高的官帽,陪着皇帝出游,驾着车马,帽带飘舞着,好不威风。

#65
世禄侈富,车驾肥轻
shì lù chǐ fù,chē jià féi qīng
他们的子孙世代领受俸禄,奢侈豪富,出门时轻车肥马,春风得意。

#66
策功茂实,勒碑刻铭
cè gōng mào shí,lè bēi kè míng
朝廷还详尽确实地记载他们的功德,刻在碑石上流传后世。

#67
磻溪伊尹,佐时阿衡
pán xī yī yǐn,zuǒ shí ā héng
周武王磻溪遇吕尚,尊他为“太公望”;伊尹辅佐时政,商汤王封他为“阿衡”。

#68
奄宅曲阜,微旦孰营
yǎn zhái qū fù,wēi dàn shú yíng
周成王占领了古奄国曲阜一带地面,要不是周公旦辅政哪里能成?

#69
桓公匡合,济弱扶倾
huán gōng kuāng hé,jì ruò fú qīng
齐桓公九次会合诸侯,出兵援助势单力薄和面临危亡的诸侯小国。

#70
绮回汉惠,说感武丁
qǐ huí hàn huì,yuè gǎn wǔ dīng
汉惠帝做太子时靠绮里季才幸免废黜,商君武丁感梦而得贤相传说。

#71
俊乂密勿,多士寔宁
jùn yì mì wù,duō shì shí níng
能人治政勤勉努力,全靠许多这样的贤士,国家才富强安宁。

#72
晋楚更霸,赵魏困横
jìn chǔ gēng bà,zhào wèi kùn héng
晋、楚两国在齐之后称霸,赵、魏两国因连横而受困于秦。

#73
假途灭虢,践土会盟
jiǎ tú miè guó,jiàn tǔ huì méng
晋献公向虞国借路去消灭虢国;晋文公在践土与诸侯会盟,推为盟主。

#74
何遵约法,韩弊烦刑
hé zūn yuē fǎ,hán bì fán xíng
萧何遵循简约刑法的精神制订九律,韩非却受困于自己所主张的严酷刑法。

#75
起翦颇牧,用军最精
qǐ jiǎn pō mù,yòng jūn zuì jīng
秦将白起、王翦,赵将廉颇、李牧,带兵打仗最为高明。

#76
宣威沙漠,驰誉丹青
xuān wēi shā mò,chí yù dān qīng
他们的声威远传到沙漠边地,美誉和画像一起流芳后代。

#77
九州禹迹,百郡秦并
jiǔ zhōu yǔ jì,bǎi jùn qín bìng
九州处处有留有大禹治水的足迹,全国各郡在秦并六国后归于统一。

#78
岳宗泰岱,禅主云亭
yuè zōng tài dài,shàn zhǔ yún tíng
五岳中人们最尊崇东岳泰山,历代帝王都在云山和亭山主持禅礼。

#79
雁门紫塞,鸡田赤城
yàn mén zǐ sài,jī tián chì chéng
名关有北疆雁门,要塞有万里长城,驿站有边地鸡田,奇山有天台赤城。

#80
昆池碣石,钜野洞庭
kūn chí jié shí,jù yě dòng tíng
赏池赴昆明滇池,观海临河北碣石,看泽去山东钜野,望湖上湖南洞庭。

#81
旷远绵邈,岩岫杳冥
kuàng yuǎn mián miǎo,yán xiù yǎo míng
江河源远流长,湖海宽广无边。名山奇谷幽深秀丽,气象万千。

#82
治本于农,务兹稼穑
zhì běn yú nóng,wù zī jià sè
治国的根本在发展农业,要努力做好播种收获这些农活。

#83
俶载南亩,我艺黍稷
chù zǎi nán mǔ,wǒ yì shǔ jì
一年的农活该开始干起来了,我种上小米,又种上高粱。

#84
税熟贡新,劝赏黜陟
shuì shú gòng xīn,quàn shǎng chù zhì
收获季节,用刚熟的新谷交纳税粮,官府应按农户的贡献大小给予奖励或处罚。

#85
孟轲敦素,史鱼秉直
mèng kē dūn sù,shǐ yú bǐng zhí
孟轲夫子崇尚纯洁,史官子鱼秉性刚直。

#86
庶几中庸,劳谦谨敕
shù jī zhōng yōng,láo qiān jǐn chì
做人要尽可能合乎中庸的标准,勤奋、谦逊、谨慎,懂得规劝告诫自己。

#87
聆音察理,鉴貌辨色
líng yīn chá lǐ,jiàn mào biàn sè
听别人说话,要仔细审察是否合理;看别人面孔,要小心辨析他的脸色。

#88
贻厥嘉猷,勉其祗植
yí jué jiā yóu,miǎn qí zhīzhí
要给人家留下正确高明的忠告或建议,勉励别人谨慎小心地处世立身。

#89
省躬讥诫,宠增抗极
xǐng gōng jī jiè,chǒng zēng kàng jí
听到别人的讥讽告诫,要反省自身;备受恩宠不要得意忘形,对抗权尊。

#90
殆辱近耻,林皋幸即
dài rǔ jìn chǐ,lín gāo xìng jí
知道有危险耻辱的事快要发生,还不如归隐山林为好。

#91
两疏见机,解组谁逼
liǎng shū jiàn jī,jiě cú shuí bī
疏广疏受预见到危患的苗头才告老还乡,哪里有谁逼他们除下官印?

#92
索居闲处,沉默寂寥
suǒ jū xián chù,chén mò jì liáo
离群独居,悠闲度日,整天不用多费唇舌,清静无为岂不是好事。

#93
求古寻论,散虑逍遥
qiú gǔ xún lùn,sàn lǜ xiāo yáo
想想古人的话,翻翻古人的书,消往日的忧虑,乐得逍遥舒服。

#94
欣奏累遣,戚谢欢招
xīn zòu lèi qiǎn,qī xiè huān zhāo
轻松的事凑到一起,费力的事丢在一边,消除不尽的烦恼,得来无限的快乐。

#95
渠荷的历,园莽抽条
qú hé de lì,yuán mǎng chōu tiáo
池里的荷花开得光润鲜艳,园中的草木抽出条条嫩枝。

#96
枇杷晚翠,梧桐蚤凋
pí pá wǎn cuì,wú tóng zǎo diāo
枇杷到了岁晚还是苍翠欲滴,梧桐刚刚交秋就早早地凋谢了。

#97
陈根委翳,落叶飘摇
chén gēn wěi yì,luò yè piāo yáo
陈根老树枯倒伏,落叶在秋风里四处飘荡。

#98
游鵾独运,凌摩绛霄
yóu kūn dú yùn,líng mó jiàng xiāo
寒秋之中,鲲鹏独自高飞,直冲布满彩霞的云霄。

#99
耽读玩市,寓目囊箱
dān dú wán shì,yù mù náng xiāng
汉代王充在街市上沉迷留恋于读书,眼睛注视的都是书袋和书箱。

#100
易輶攸畏,属耳垣墙
yì yóu yōu wèi,zhǔ ěr yuán qiáng
说话最怕旁若无人,毫无禁忌;要留心隔着墙壁有人在贴耳偷听。

#101
具膳餐饭,适口充肠
jù shàn cān fàn,shì kǒu chōng cháng
安排一日三餐的膳食,要适合各位的口味,能让大家吃饱。

#102
饱饫烹宰,饥厌糟糠
bǎo yù pēng zǎi,jī yàn zāo kāng
饱的时候自然满足于大鱼大肉,饿的时候应当满足于粗菜淡饭。

#103
亲戚故旧,老少异粮
qīn qī gù jiù,lǎo shào yì liáng
亲属、朋友会面要盛情款待,老人、小孩的食物应和自己不同。

#104
妾御绩纺,侍巾帷房
qiè yù jì fǎng,shì jīn wéi fáng
小妾婢女要管理好家务,尽心恭敬地服待好主人。

#105
纨扇圆絜,银烛炜煌
wán shàn yuán xié,yín zhú wěi huáng
绢制的团扇像满月一样又白又圆,银色的烛台上烛火辉煌。

#106
昼眠夕寐,蓝笋象床
zhòu mián xī mèi,lán sǔn xiàng chuáng
白日小憩,晚上就寝,有青篾编成的竹席和象牙雕屏的床榻。

#107
弦歌酒宴,接杯举觞
xián gē jiǔ yàn,jiē bēi jǔ shāng
奏着乐,唱着歌,摆酒开宴;接过酒杯,开怀畅饮。

#108
矫手顿足,悦豫且康
jiǎo shǒu dùn zú,yuè yù qiě kāng
情不自禁地手舞足蹈,真是又快乐又安康。

#109
嫡后嗣续,祭祀烝尝
dí hòu sì xù,jì sì zhēng cháng
子孙继承了祖先的基业,一年四季的祭祀大礼不能疏忘。

#110
稽颡再拜,悚惧恐惶
qǐ sǎng zài bài,sǒng jù kǒng huáng
跪着磕头,拜了又拜;礼仪要周全恭敬,心情要悲痛虔诚。

#111
笺牒简要,顾答审详
jiān dié jiǎn yào,gù dá shěn xiáng
给别人写信要简明扼要,回答别人问题要详细周全。

#112
骸垢想浴,执热愿凉
hái gòu xiǎng yù,zhí rè yuàn liáng
身上有了污垢,就想洗澡,好比手上拿着烫的东西就希望有风把它吹凉。

#113
驴骡犊特,骇跃超骧
lǘ luó dú tè,hài yuè chāo xiāng
家里有了灾祸,连牲畜都会受惊,狂蹦乱跳,东奔西跑。

#114
诛斩贼盗,捕获叛亡
zhū zhǎn zéi dào,bǔ huò pàn wáng
对抢劫、偷窃、反叛、逃亡的人要严厉惩罚,该抓的抓,该杀的杀。

#115
布射僚丸,嵇琴阮啸
bù shè liáo wán,jī qín ruǎn xiào
吕布擅长射箭,宜僚有弄丸的绝活,嵇康善于弹琴,阮籍能撮口长啸。

#116
恬笔伦纸,钧巧任钓
tián bǐ lún zhǐ,jūn qiǎo rén diào
蒙恬造出毛笔,蔡伦发明造纸,马钧巧制水车,任公子垂钓大鱼。

#117
释纷利俗,竝皆佳妙
shì fēn lì sú,bìng jiē jiā miào
他们的技艺有的解人纠纷,有的方便群众,都高明巧妙,为人称道。

#118
毛施淑姿,工颦妍笑
máo shī shū zī,gōng pín yán xiào
毛嫱、西施年轻美貌,哪怕皱着眉头,也像美美的笑。

#119
年矢每催,曦晖朗曜
nián shǐ měi cuī,xī huī lǎng yào
可惜青春易逝,岁月匆匆催人渐老,只有太阳的光辉永远朗照。

#120
璇玑悬斡,晦魄环照
xuán jī xuán wò,huì pò huán zhào
高悬的北斗随着四季变换转动,明晦的月光洒遍人间每个角落。

#121
指薪修祜,永绥吉劭
zhǐ xīn xiū hù,yǒng suí jí shào
行善积德才能像薪尽火传那样精神长存,子孙安康全靠你留下吉祥的忠告。

#122
矩步引领,俯仰廊庙
jǔ bù yǐn lǐng,fǔ yǎng láng miào
如此心地坦然,方可以昂头迈步,应付朝廷委以的重任。

#123
束带矜庄,徘徊瞻眺
shù dài jīn zhuāng,pái huái zhān tiào
如此无愧人生,尽可以整束衣冠,庄重从容地高瞻远望。

#124
孤陋寡闻,愚蒙等诮
gū lòu guǎ wén,yú méng děng qiào
这些道理孤陋寡闻就不会明白,只能和愚味无知的人一样空活一世,让人耻笑。

#125
谓语助者,焉哉乎也
wèi yǔ zhù zhě,yān zāi hū yě
编完「千字文」乌发皆白,最后剩下 “焉、哉、乎、也”这几个语气助词。