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The Best Motivational Quotes

Overcoming Hopelessness by Nick Vujicic

Nicholas James – “NickVujicic – is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs. As a child, he struggled mentally and emotionally as well as physically, but eventually came to terms with his disability and, at the age of seventeen, started his own non-profit organisation, Life Without Limbs. Vujicic presents motivational speeches worldwide which focus on life with a disability, hope and finding meaning in life. He also speaks about his belief that God can use any willing heart to do his work and that God is big enough to overcome any disability.

I never met a bitter person who was thankful. Or a thankful person who was bitter - Nick Vujicic
I never met a bitter person who was thankful. Or a thankful person who was bitter – Nick Vujicic

Quotes by Nick Vujicic:

  1. If you can’t get a miracle, become one.
  2. You are awesome just the way you are.
  3. Life without limbs? Or life without limits?
  4. FAITH: Full Assurance In The Heart.
  5. If I fail, I try again, and again, and again.
  6. You can’t even stand without risking to fall.
  7. Some injuries heal more quickly if you keep moving.
  8. The greater the struggle the more glorious the triumph.
  9. God’s love is so real that He created you to prove it.
  10. FEAR is often described as False Evidence Appearing Real.
  11. I am God’s creation, designed according to His plan for me.
  12. People always complain that they can’t do this and they can’t do that.
  13. Trade the life of self pity, that I was living, for a life of purpose!
  14. In life you have a choice: Bitter or Better? Choose better, forget bitter.
  15. There are things in your life that you can’t control and gotta live with.
  16. I never met a bitter person who was thankful. Or a thankful person who was bitter.
  17. Don’t put your life on hold so that you can dwell on the unfairness of past hurts.
  18. I am gonna to try and try again, because the moment I give up, is the moment I fail.
  19. It’s a lie to think you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think you’re not worth anything.
  20. What really matters are the lives you touch along the way and how you finish your journey.
  21. I have the choice to be angry at God for what i don’t have, or be thankful for what i do have.
  22. Keep moving ahead because action creates momentum, which in turn creates unanticipated opportunities.
  23. The challenges in our lives are there to strengthen our convictions. They are not there to run us over.
  24. God gave you just one mouth but He gave you two ears, so you should listen twice as much as you speak.
  25. To wish for change will change nothing. To make the decision to take action right now will change everything!
  26. For every disability you have, you are blessed with more than enough abilities to overcome your challenges.
  27. I encourage you to accept that you may not be able to see a path right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.
  28. But there is one thing better than going to heaven and that is to encourage at least one other person to go with me,
  29. Having faith, beliefs, and convictions is a great thing, but your life is measured by the actions you take based upon them.
  30. Pain is pain. Broken is broken. Fear is the biggest disability of all. It will paralyze you more than being in a wheelchair.
  31. Marriage is a long-term commitment. You should only step into that commitment if you truly love the person and want to spend your life with her.
  32. Sometimes you may feel like you are just about to realize your goal only to fall short. That is no reason to quit. Defeat happens only to those who refuse to try again.
  33. Have you ever felt trapped in circumstances, then discovered that the only trap was your own lack of vision, lack of courage, or failure to see that you had better options?
  34. I may have absolutely no control over what happens to us, but we can control how we respond. If we choose the right attitude, we can rise above whatever challenges we face.
  35. Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31).
  36. The greatest rewards come when you give of yourself. It’s about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself, and making a positive difference.
  37. If you aren’t where you want to be or you haven’t achieved all you hope to achieve, the reason most likely resides not around you but within you. Take responsibility and then take action.
  38. Once you accept that perfection is just a goal, screwing up isn’t so hard to handle. Each misstep is still a step, another lesson learned, another opportunity to get it right the next time.
  39. Risk, then, is not just part of life. It is life. The place between your comfort zone and your and your dream is where life takes place. It’s the high-anxiety zone, but it’s also where you discover
    who you are.
  40. If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?
  41. We easily become trapped in the ‘someday’ mentality. Someday I’ll have all the money I need to enjoy life. Someday I’ll be able to spent more time with my family. Someday I’ll have time to relax and do what i love doing.
  42. Yet I also believe that when you do unto others, blessings come to you as well. So if you don’t have a friend, be a friend. If you are having a bad day, make someone else’s day. If your feelings are hurt, heal those of another.
  43. Recognise instant self-gratification for what it is. Resist the temptation to grab for material objects like the perfect house, the coolest clothes or the hottest car. The if I just had X, I would be happy syndrome is a mass delusion.
  44. The key is you have to trust that God only has the best in store for you. If God says no to something, He says yes to something even greater. It is when you fully surrender all of your desires to His will that His perfect will is done.
  45. To keep moving up, you have to abandon the security of that ledge and reach for another hold. Letting go of that sense of security.. is the challenge. … think of yourself as climbing a ladder. To move to the next rung, you must give up your grip and reach for the next one.
  46. We can’t, and we should not, compare sufferings. We come together as a family of God, hand in hand. And then together coming and standing upon the promises of God, knowing that no matter who you are, no matter what you’re going through, that God knows it, He is with you, He is going to pull you through.
  47. Life isn’t about having, it’s about being. You could surround yourself with all that money can buy, and you’d still be as miserable as a human can be. I know people with perfect bodies who don’t have half the happiness I’ve found. On my journeys I’ve seen more joy in the slums of Mumbai and the orphanages of Africa than in wealthy gated communities and on sprawling estates worth millions. Why is that? You’ll find contentment when your talents and passion are completely engaged, in full force. Recognise instant self-gratification for what it is. Resist the temptation to grab for material objects like the perfect house, the coolest clothes or the hottest car. The if I just had X, I would be happy syndrome is a mass delusion. When you look for happiness in mere objects, they are never enough. Look around. Look within.

Below is a video presentation with transcript by Nick Vujicic in Serbia (TEDxNoviSad) on how he overcame hopelessness and becoming a miracle in someone else’s life through his disability.

Video Transcript:

Thank you very much.
Guys, my name is Nick Vujicic,
I was born in Australia in 1982,
moved from Australia to California in the year 2006.
And my life story – I’m just thankful
that people have seen my life
on some sort of level – whether it’s just YouTube videos
or seeing pictures of a limbless guy smile.
You know, people always ask me
you know, what happened to you
and how did you overcome what you’ve been through?
The title of the message that I’ve been given
is “Transforming the walls into doors”.
When I speak corporately,
the line that I like to use is
“changing obstacles into opportunities”.
Now, I am very well aware to share with you as well.
I know that there are a billion people going hungry today.
I know that this year, a million people will commit suicide.
That is one every 40 seconds.
I know today there are 120 million slaves
and I’ve met six slaves
and I’ve seen the top of the pyramid as far as business
and met the billionaires.
I’ve met bankers and I’ve also met orphans.
We’re all looking for something.
We’re all looking for hope.
Hope you can’t just have just because you were born with hope.
No, we’re born with pain.
We’re born and live through difficulties.
In our life – my parents always taught me
that even though we don’t know
why I was born this way, that we have a choice.
Either to be angry for what we don’t have
or be thankful for what we do have.
The power of that choice was the first thing
that I had to overcome and decide for myself,
especially in the early years of school.
A lot of kids would come up to me and tease me.
And I have been speaking at 5 congresses,
I’ve met 7 presidents all around the world.
My largest crowd was 110,000.
I have 30 thousand invitations for me to speak.
So wherever I go, I talk about the value of life,
I talk about anti-bullying messages
for the school systems in different nations.
The greatest thing is love.
When we feel like we don’t have enough love
and we don’t have enough hope,
we start losing strength to live.
For me in my life as a child, I had a big wall.
I was surrounded by four walls and a low ceiling of opportunity.
I was set free in so many different ways
and especially surviving from day to day
with my parents who loved me, who encouraged me,
who told me I was beautiful the way that I was
and not to worry about what other people said about me.
I was actually the first special needs child
to be integrated into the mainstream education system
in Australia and I was awarded Young Citizen of the Year in 1990.
And the world is a hurting place and the world needs hope
and world needs love.
Without hope, we feel like, ‘Why are we here?’
Well, brokenness. Here’s mine.
Today, I still have no arms and no legs, but everything’s changed.
For me, I was looking for hope and happiness
and I couldn’t see it for many years.
In fact, if this side of the table represents my hope,
truth encourages me to become all that I can be.
But then we have lies, everyday,
coming in our mind, people who discourage us.
You know the people that you have in your life
who, no matter how good of a day you’re having, they’ll bring you down?
Or no matter how bad of a day you’re having, they’ll bring you even lower?
You know what I’m talking about?
Think of the 3 biggest discourages in your life.
They’re not your biggest discourages.
You are.
It only takes 3 seconds for me to tell you something discouraging
but then, you may never forget my words.
I’ve met so many 50-year-old women and 40-year-old women
who still remember what their fathers told them that they wish they’d never heard.
Words are powerful.
And when you hear those words and then your mind starts growing with these lies.
“Nick, you’re not good enough, just give up, you’ll never get a job”,
“You won’t get married, you can’t even hold your wife’s hand”.
“What kind of a father are you gonna be
if you can’t even pick up your kids when they’re crying?”
You’re alone. Sure, your parents hug you.
But their hugs can’t heal you.
Just give up. Just give up. Just give up……
At age 8 I thought that I should commit suicide. Why?
‘Cause I didn’t have hope. I thought I didn’t have hope.
Today you can see that I had hope.
What’s the word, believing in something you do not see? Faith.
Words can only do so much. Hugs can do much more than words,
but when hugs can’t do anything, that’s where faith kicks in.
For me, words and hugs were not enough, but I had no faith.
So I tried to give up.
At age 10, I tried to drown myself in 6 inches, or 15 centimetres of water,
in my home.
I told my dad I just wanted to relax, but really, I wanted to end my life.
I had enough. (Serbian) I had enough.
The first two times I rolled over.
I was trying to work out how much air I hold in my lungs before I let it out.
And the third time, in my mind, knowing that I wanted to get out of here,
because of the bullying in my life, ’cause I was going to be a burden to my parents
and I had nothing to look forward to.
I realized at that moment that if I actually went through with committing suicide,
I would leave a greater burden for my parents than they already had.
There was one thing less hopeful or more burdensome
than having a child without limbs.
What is it? A child without limbs who gives up.
So when I saw in my mind my mom and my dad
and my brother crying at my grave
if I went through with it, that one thought saved me.
If my parents never told me that I was beautiful the way I was.
If my parents never told me that I was special and that I was loved,
I wouldn’t be here today.
So I encourage every single parent
who tries their best to encourage their teenagers,
especially in the West, many teenagers put a ‘do not disturb’ sign on their door.
I’m sure, the conversations all around the world between a parent and a teenager:
How was school? – Fine. – What did you learn? – Nothing. – Did you do your homework? – No.
And that’s the conversation for the day.
And when you try to tell your children that they’re beautiful, they say,
“Of course I’m beautiful, I’m your son, your daughter, of course you’re gonna say that”.
But they’re right.
Every single human being has value
and my value is not determined on how I look
or what job I have, or where I’m from, where I was born,
how much money, all that stuff is nothing.
So many teenagers, you know, tease each other
for how we look and I tell the teenagers,
“Do you think that I’m cool enough to be your friend?”
And they’re like, “Yeah, of course”.
I say, “But I have no arms and no legs”, and they say, “Doesn’t matter.”
And I say, “Really? So it doesn’t matter that I have no arms and no legs?”
They say it doesn’t matter.
I say then, “Actually, if it doesn’t matter, then why do we kill each other with our words,
if it actually doesn’t matter?”
Why do we look [at] ourselves in the mirror and see ugly instead of valuable?
I want to ask you today, what are you looking for?
If I gave you a billion dollars, would you be happy?
If you gave me a billion dollars, I’d be very happy.
But then if my mom dies tonight, am I happy? No.
With all the money in the world, I’d never be happy.
Right? ‘Cause money is something that cannot heal the soul.
So many teenagers are looking for love which, love does heal the soul,
love does complete the soul.
But even sex before marriage, I was a virgin before I got married.
Yeah, I’ve got a gorgeous wife, we’re pregnant with our first son.
And I don’t need hands to hold her hand.
I only want to hold her heart.
And you know, how am I going to hug my kid?
So many kids that come up to me, it’s amazing.
They put their hands behind their back and hug me with their neck.
And I’ve realized in life, even the worst parts of my life
can be turned into good.
And even more special.
So many teenagers are looking for love so they are going to go do this,
and go do that and have sex before marriage.
For me, sex out of marriage is like a 5 dollar Gucci watch.
Sex within marriage and having sex with someone
who loves you, who is committed to you for the rest of your life,
going to be the mother or father of your kids, that’s what love is.
You can sleep with as many people as you like
but never know for sure, “Do they love me?”
Love is a life-long commitment. You see, there are choices in life.
And we’re looking. I want to ask you, what are you looking for?
If I can just drunk, why not, man? I’ll only live once.
Well, if that’s the way you believe, great.
But for me, I’m a greedy man, I don’t want to live for 90 years.
I want to live for billions of years.
And I know that every day, my choices will affect this life,
other people’s life and my eternal life.
You gotta come to the truth of knowing who you are and why you’re here.
William Barkley, he said, the greatest two days in anyone’s life —
they day you were born, and the day you knew why.
So, “Uh, you’re ugly”.
No, I’m beautiful the way that I am
and if you can’t believe that for yourself
so many girls, specially, stay with their emotionally abusive boyfriends
because, “If I break up with him, then who is going to want me? ”
See, we all want love.
That’s why we do what we do sometimes.
To get into the crowd — I am going to swear, I am going to be cool —
that’s what this world is —
“I want to look like her, if I was taller, shorter, smarter, more popular”
whatever you want, it’s not enough.
Until you find the truth.
I’m wonderfully and faithfully made.
There is a greater purpose for my life.
I am here for a reason.
Sure, I didn’t get a miracle.
Yeah, I believe in a God who can do miracles
and I have a pair of shoes in my closet.
Why? I’ve seen blind people seeing and deaf people hearing.
That’s fine if you don’t believe me, I’ve got it on camera.
But I realized something.
If God doesn’t change my circumstances
he’s gonna use my life to be a miracle for someone else.
When you don’t get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else.
I’m gonna close off with this beautiful story.
I was in Southern California —
I have 2 organizations,
a non-profit organization and I have a for-profit.
I probably spoke between years 2007 and 2010, 1000 times, 600 flights.
And I’ve spoken to 4.5 million people face to face
and in the last 48 hours here in Serbia, we’ve reached 5 million through media.
So, we have the heart of people to love others.
We want people to love each other, love yourself
dream big and never give up.
We are all looking for hope, aren’t we?
What are you looking for?
Money, drugs, sex, alcohol, pornography, fame, fortune.
Never satisfies.
It’s never enough.
But I have come to peace, so check this out.
When I was 24 years old, 5-6 years ago, I was in California.
And I’d never met anybody else like me.
When I was 10 years old, I wished I would have met somebody like me.
Never did, didn’t get that miracle.
But at 24, in Califronia, I saw a little boy
with no arms and no legs, 19 months old, just like me.
I knew he was going to be bullied,
he was going to go through depression, he would feel alone,
I knew that he would get worried if he’s ever going to have a girlfriend
and so on, and so on.
I got the father to bring him up on stage in front of 2000 people.
And everyone was crying.
And it was a materialization of when you don’t get a miracle,
you can be a miracle for someone else.
I am not a superhero, I go through ups and downs, so do you.
But take one day at a time
and if you haven’t found that piece of knowing who you are and why you’re here
and where you’re going when you’re not here.
For me, I want you to know that’s how I’ve overcome.
I don’t have any walls.
My book’s called “Life without limits” and what will be, will be.
I’ve acted in a short film, 30 awards.
I got best actor in a short film.
I’ve done my own music video.
I’ve written 2 books, first book — 30 languages, 800,000 copies.
I’m 29 and we know a billion people know who I am.
Not to bring out my pride or my name or my status,
trust me, I’m just like you.
But I hope you are inspired to know
that if I can dream big, so can you.
There are no walls.
Find your peace and you’ll make your walls, doors.
Thank you so much.
There Is Hope – Nick Vujicic

Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something – The Pursuit of Happyness

Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period. – Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness)
Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period. – Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness)

While shooting some hoops with his son Christopher (Jaden Smith), Chris Gardner (Will Smith) makes a casual statement to his son that he will never be great in basketball as he himself (the father) is below average. Upon seeing how dejected little Christopher is, the father realised his blunder and told his son:

“Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. Alright? 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.”

Watch how the father redeems himself in the short video abstract:

Three Character Classic 三字经 with English Translation

The Three Character Classic – commonly known as San Zi Jing
<<三字经>> – is one of the many classic Chinese texts used to teach basic literacy to young children in the past. Written during the Song dynasty by Wang Yinglin, this short and simple text is arranged in three-character verses, with the complete text being 1,140 characters long, making it easy to memorize and fun to recite. It encompasses the basis of Confucian morality, especially filial piety and respecting the elders. Definitely worth learning by heart, regardless of age, nationality, or gender.

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, English and Mandarin explanation of the timeless classic.

Three Character Classic


人之初,性本善。 性相近,习相远。


苟不教,性乃迁。 教之道,贵以专。


昔孟母,择邻处。 子不学,断机杼。


窦燕山,有义方。 教五子,名俱扬。


养不教,父之过。 教不严,师之惰。


子不学,非所宜。 幼不学,老何为。


玉不琢,不成器。 人不学,不知义。


为人子,方少时。 亲师友,习礼仪。


香九龄,能温席。 孝于亲,所当执。


融四岁,能让梨。 弟于长,宜先知。


首孝弟,次见闻。 知某数,识某文。


一而十,十而百。 百而千,千而万。


三才者,天地人。 三光者,日月星。


三纲者,君臣义。 父子亲,夫妇顺。


曰春夏,曰秋冬。 此四时,运不穷。


曰南北,曰西东。 此四方,应乎中。


曰水火,木金土。 此五行,本乎数。


曰仁义,礼智信。 此五常,不容紊。


稻粱菽,麦黍稷。 此六谷,人所食。


马牛羊,鸡犬豕。 此六畜,人所饲。


曰喜怒,曰哀惧。 爱恶欲,七情具。


匏土革,木石金。 与丝竹,乃八音。


高曾祖,父而身。 身而子,子而孙。


自子孙,至元曾。 乃九族,人之伦。


父子恩,夫妇从。 兄则友,弟则恭。


长幼序,友与朋。 君则敬,臣则忠。




凡训蒙,须讲究。 详训诂,明句读。


为学者,必有初。 小学终,至四书。


论语者,二十篇。 群弟子,记善言。


孟子者,七篇止。 讲道德,说仁义。


作中庸,乃孔伋。 中不偏,庸不易。


作大学,乃曾子。 自修齐,至平治。


孝经通,四书熟。 如六经,始可读。


诗书易,礼春秋。 号六经,当讲求。


有连山,有归藏。 有周易,三易详。


有典谟,有训诰。 有誓命,书之奥。


我周公,作周礼。 著六官,存治体。


大小戴,注礼记。 述圣言,礼乐备。


曰国风,曰雅颂。 号四诗,当讽咏。


诗既亡,春秋作。 寓褒贬,别善恶。


三传者,有公羊。 有左氏,有谷梁。


经既明,方读子。 撮其要,记其事。


五子者,有荀杨。 文中子,及老庄。


经子通,读诸史。 考世系,知终始。


自羲农,至黄帝。 号三皇,居上世。


唐有虞,号二帝。 相揖逊,称盛世。


夏有禹,商有汤。 周文武,称三王。


夏传子,家天下。 四百载,迁夏社。


汤伐夏,国号商。 六百载,至纣亡。


周武王,始诛纣。 八百载,最长久。


周辙东,王纲堕。 逞干戈,尚游说。


始春秋,终战国。 五霸强,七雄出。


嬴秦氏,始兼并。 传二世,楚汉争。


高祖兴,汉业建。 至孝平,王莽篡。


光武兴,为东汉。 四百年,终于献。


魏蜀吴,争汉鼎。 号三国,迄两晋。


宋齐继,梁陈承。 为南朝,都金陵。


北元魏,分东西。 宇文周,兴高齐。


迨至隋,一土宇。 不再传,失统绪。


唐高祖,起义师。 除隋乱,创国基。


二十传,三百载。 梁灭之,国乃改。


梁唐晋,及汉周。 称五代,皆有由。


炎宋兴,受周禅。 十八传,南北混。


辽与金,皆称帝。 元灭金,绝宋世。


舆图广,超前代。 九十年,国祚废。


太祖兴,国大明。 号洪武,都金陵。


迨成祖,迁燕京。 十六世,至崇祯。


权阉肆,寇如林。 李闯出,神器焚。


清世祖,应景命。 靖四方,克大定。


古今史,全在兹。 载治乱,知兴衰。


读史书,考实录。 通古今,若亲目。


口而诵,心而惟。 朝于斯,夕于斯。


昔仲尼,师项橐。 古圣贤,尚勤学。


赵中令,读鲁论。 彼既仕,学且勤。


披蒲编,削竹简。 彼无书,且知勉。


头悬梁,锥刺股。 彼不教,自勤苦。


如囊萤,如映雪。 家虽贫,学不辍。


如负薪,如挂角。 身虽劳,犹苦卓。


苏老泉,二十七。 始发愤,读书籍。


彼既老,犹悔迟。 尔小生,宜早思。


若梁灏,八十二。 对大廷,魁多士。


彼既成,众称异。 尔小生,宜立志。


莹八岁,能咏诗。 泌七岁,能赋棋。


彼颖悟,人称奇。 尔幼学,当效之。


蔡文姬,能辨琴。 谢道韫,能咏吟。


彼女子,且聪敏。 尔男子,当自警。


唐刘晏,方七岁。 举神童,作正字。


彼虽幼,身已仕。 尔幼学,勉而致。




犬守夜,鸡司晨。 苟不学,曷为人。


蚕吐丝,蜂酿蜜。 人不学,不如物。


幼而学,壮而行。 上致君,下泽民。


扬名声,显父母。 光于前,裕于后。


人遗子,金满嬴。 我教子,惟一经。


勤有功,戏无益。 戒之哉,宜勉力。

Three Character Classic

rén zhī chū , xìnɡ běn shàn 。
xìnɡ xiānɡ jìn , xí xiānɡ yuǎn 。
Men at birth, are naturally good.
Their natures are similar; their habits become different.

ɡǒu bù jiāo , xìnɡ nǎi qiān 。
jiāo zhī dào , ɡuì yǐ zhuān 。
If, negligently, not taught, their nature deteriorate.
The right way to teach, is with absolute thoroughness.

xī mènɡ mǔ , zé lín chù 。
zǐ bù xué , duàn jī zhù 。
Formerly, the mother of Mencius chose a neighborhood.
When her child would not learn, she broke the shuttle from the loom.

dòu yàn shān , yǒu yì fānɡ 。
jiāo wǔ zǐ , mínɡ jù yánɡ 。
Dou Yanshan, had the right method.
He taught five sons, each of whom raised the family reputation.

yǎnɡ bù jiāo , fù zhī ɡuò 。
jiāo bù yán , shī zhī duò 。
To feed without teaching, is the father’s fault.
To teach without severity, is the teacher’s laziness.

zǐ bù xué , fēi suǒ yí 。
yòu bù xué , lǎo hé wéi 。
If a child does not study, it is improper.
If he does not learn while young, what will he be when old?

yù bù zhuó , bù chénɡ qì 。
rén bù xué , bù zhī yì 。
Jade that has not been polished cannot be used.
Person that has not studied cannot know righteousness.

wéi rén zǐ , fānɡ shǎo shí 。
qīn shī yǒu , xí lǐ yí 。
He, who is the son of a man, when he is young,
should engage teachers and friends; and practice etiquette.

xiānɡ jiǔ línɡ , nénɡ wēn xí 。
xiào yú qīn , suǒ dānɡ zhí 。
Xiang, at nine, could warm (his parent’s) bed.
Filial piety towards parents should be carried out.

rónɡ sì suì , nénɡ rànɡ lí 。
dì yú chánɡ , yí xiān zhī 。
Rong, at four, could yield the (bigger) pears.
To behave as a younger brother towards elders, is one of the first things to know.

shǒu xiào dì , cì jiàn wén 。
zhī mǒu shù , shí mǒu wén 。
Begin with filial piety and fraternal love, then see and hear.
Learn to count, learn to read.

yì ér shí , shí ér bǎi 。
bǎi ér qiān , qiān ér wàn 。
One to ten, ten to a hundred,
a hundred to a thousand, a thousand to ten thousand.

sān cái zhě , tiān dì rén 。
sān ɡuānɡ zhě , rì yuè xīnɡ 。
The Three Forces are Heaven, Earth, and Man.
The Three Luminaries are the sun, the moon and the stars.

sān ɡānɡ zhě , jūn chén yì 。
fù zǐ qīn , fū fù shùn 。
The three principles: duty between sovereign and subject,
love between father and child, harmony between husband and wife.

yuē chūn xià , yuē qiū dōnɡ 。
cǐ sì shí , yùn bù qiónɡ 。
We speak of spring and summer, we speak of fall and winter,
These four seasons revolve without end.

yuē nán běi , yuē xī dōnɡ 。
cǐ sì fānɡ , yīnɡ hū zhōnɡ 。
We speak of north and south, we speak of east and west,
These four directions depend on the center.

yuē shuí huǒ , mù jīn tǔ 。
cǐ wǔ xínɡ , běn hū shù 。
We speak of water, fire, wood, metal and earth.
These five elements have their origin in the numbers.

yuē rén yì , lǐ zhì xìn 。
cǐ wǔ chánɡ , bù rónɡ wěn 。
We speak of benevolence, duty, propriety, wisdom, and truth.
These five virtues must not be compromised.

dào liánɡ shū , mài shǔ jì 。
cǐ liù ɡǔ , rén suǒ shí 。
Rice, fine millet, beans, wheat, glutinous millet, and common millet.
These six grains are those which people eat.

mǎ niú yánɡ , jī quǎn shǐ 。
cǐ liù chù , rén suǒ sì 。
Horse, ox, sheep, chicken, dog, pig.
These six animals are those which people rear.

yuē xǐ nù , yuē āi jù 。
ài è yù , qī qínɡ jù 。
We speak of joy, anger, we speak of grief, fear,
love, hate, desire. These are the seven emotions.

páo tǔ ɡé , mù shí jīn 。
yǔ sī zhú , nǎi bā yīn 。
Gourd, earthenware, skin, wood, stone, metal,
silk, bamboo, yield the eight musical sounds.

ɡāo zēnɡ zǔ , fù ér shēn 。
shēn ér zǐ , zǐ ér sūn 。
Great great grandfather, great grandfather, grandfather, father and self,
self and child, child and grandchild,

zì zǐ sūn , zhì yuán cénɡ 。
nǎi jiǔ zú , rén zhī lún 。
From child and grandchild, on to great grandchild and great great grandchild.
These nine generations that make up your family.

fù zǐ ēn , fū fù cónɡ 。
xiōnɡ zé yǒu , dì zé ɡōnɡ 。
Kindness between father and child, harmony between husband and wife,
friendliness from elder brothers, respect from younger brothers.

zhǎnɡ yòu xù , yǒu yǔ pénɡ 。
jūn zé jìnɡ , chén zé zhōnɡ 。
Precedence between elders and youngers, support between friends,
Respect from the sovereigns, loyalty from the subjects.

cǐ shí yì , rén suǒ tónɡ 。
These ten obligations, are the same for all.

fán xùn ménɡ , xū jiǎnɡ jiū 。
xiánɡ xùn ɡǔ , mínɡ jù dòu 。
When teaching the ignorant, there should be explanation and investigation.
Carefully teach the old [texts], clearly identify sentence and paragraphs.

wéi xué zhě , bì yǒu chū 。
xiǎo xué zhōnɡ , zhì sì shū 。
Those who would learn, must have a beginning.
The basic schooling finished, they go on to the Four Books.

lún yǔ zhě , èr shí piān 。
qún dì zǐ , jì shàn yán 。
There is The Analects, in twenty chapters.
In this, the various disciples have recorded the wise sayings [of Confucius]

mènɡ zǐ zhě , qī piān zhǐ 。
jiǎnɡ dào dé , shuō rén yì 。
The works of Mencius, in seven chapters.
Speak of the road to virtue, talk about benevolence and righteousness.

zuò zhōnɡ yōnɡ , nǎi kǒng jí 。
zhōnɡ bù piān , yōnɡ bú yì 。
The Doctrine (Way) of the Mean, by the pen of Kong Ji;
The mean does not slant to one side, the way does not change.
作《中庸》这本书的是孔伋,“中”是不偏的意思, “庸”是不变的意思。

zuò dà xué , nǎi cénɡ zǐ 。
zì xiū qí , zhì pínɡ zhì 。
He who wrote The Great Learning was the philosopher Zeng,
[its teachings] ranging from developing as an individual to governing in peace.

xiào jīnɡ tōnɡ , sì shū shú 。
rú liù jīnɡ , shǐ kě dú 。
The “Classic of Filial Piety” mastered, and the “Four books” done,
then the “Six Classics”, can be started.

shī shū yì , lǐ chūn qiū 。
hào liù jīnɡ , dānɡ jiǎnɡ qiú 。
The Book of Poetry, the Book of Documents, the Book of Changes, the Rites of the Zhou, the Book of Rites, and the Spring and Autumn Annals are the Six Classics
which should be explained and analyzed.

yǒu lián shān , yǒu ɡuī cánɡ 。
yǒu zhōu yì , sān yì xiánɡ 。
There is the Lian Shan, there is the Gui Cang.
There is the Duke of Zhou, such are the three systems which elucidate the Book of Changes.

yǒu diǎn mó , yǒu xùn ɡào 。
yǒu shì mìnɡ , shū zhī ào 。
There are standards, there are instructions, mandates.
There are oaths, orders, such are the mysteries explained in the Book of Documents.

wǒ zhōu ɡōnɡ , zuò zhōu lǐ 。
zhù liù ɡuān , cún zhì tǐ 。
Our Duke of Zhou, wrote the Rites of the Zhou,
in which he established the six classes of officials thus giving form to the government.

dà xiǎo dài , zhù lǐ jì 。
shù shènɡ yán , lǐ yuè bèi 。
The Elder and the Younger Dai, wrote commentaries on the Book of Rites.
They published the sages’ words, and set in order ceremonies and music.

yuē ɡuó fēnɡ , yuē yǎ sònɡ 。
hào sì shī , dānɡ fěnɡ yǒnɡ 。
We speak of the Airs of the States (Guo Feng), we speak of the Minor and Major Odes (Ya) and the Songs.
These are the four sections of the Book of Poetry, which should be chanted over and over.

shī jì wánɡ , chūn qiū zuò 。
yù bāo biǎn , bié shàn è 。
When the age of the Book of Poetry ended, the Spring and Autumn Annals were produced.
These Annals contain praise and blame, and distinguish the good from the bad.

sān chuán zhě , yǒu ɡōnɡ yánɡ 。
yǒu zuǒ shì , yǒu gǔ liánɡ 。
The Three Commentaries: there is that of Gong Yang,
there is that of Zuo, there is that of Gou Liang.

jīnɡ jì mínɡ , fānɡ dú zǐ 。
cuō qí yào , jì qí shì 。
When the classics are clear, read the philosophers.
Pick out the essentials, and remember their facts.

wǔ zǐ zhě , yǒu xún yánɡ 。
wén zhōnɡ zǐ , jí lǎo zhuānɡ 。
The five philosophers: there is Xun, Yang,
Wen Zhongzi, Lao Zi (Lao Tzu), and Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu).

jīnɡ zǐ tōnɡ , dú zhū shǐ 。
kǎo shì xì , zhī zhōnɡ shǐ 。
The classics and the philosophers mastered, read the histories.
Examine the connection between the eras, know the ends and the beginnings.

zì xī nónɡ , zhì huánɡ dì 。
hào sān huánɡ , jū shànɡ shì 。
From Xi and Nong to the Yellow Emperor,
They are called the Three Sovereigns who lived in ancient times.

tánɡ yǒu yú , hào èr dì 。
xiānɡ yī xùn , chēnɡ shènɡ shì 。
Tang and Yu, called the Two Emperors,
one abdicated after the other and theirs was called the Age of Prosperity.

xià yǒu yǔ , shānɡ yǒu tānɡ 。
zhōu wén wǔ , chēnɡ sān wánɡ 。
The Xia had Yu, the Shang had Tang,
the Zhou had Wen and Wu; they are called the Three Kings.

xià chuán zǐ , jiā tiān xià 。
sì bǎi zǎi , qiān xià shè 。
The Xia handed the throne from father to son, making a family of all under Heaven.
After four hundred years, the Xia ended.

tānɡ fá xià , ɡuó hào shānɡ 。
liù bǎi zǎi , zhì zhòu wánɡ 。
Tang ended the Xia, the dynasty was called Shang.
After six hundred years, it ended with Zhou (Dixin).

zhōu wǔ wánɡ , shǐ zhū zhòu 。
bā bǎi zǎi , zuì chánɡ jiǔ 。
King Wu of the Zhou slew Zhou (Dixin).
Eight hundred years long; the longest dynasty ever.

zhōu zhé dōnɡ , wánɡ ɡānɡ duò 。
chěnɡ ɡān ɡē , shànɡ yóu shuì 。
When the Zhous made tracks eastwards, the feudal bond loosened,
shields and spears flaunted, wandering advisers held in high esteem.

shǐ chūn qiū , zhōnɡ zhàn ɡuó 。
wǔ bà qiánɡ , qī xiónɡ chū 。
Began with the Spring and Autumn Period, and ended with the Warring States Period.
Five feudal lords ruled, seven feudal states arose.

yínɡ qín shì , shǐ jiān bìnɡ 。
chuán èr shì , chǔ hàn zhēnɡ 。
The Qin of the Ying clan, started to unify all the states.
The throne passed for two generations and Chu and Han contended.

ɡāo zǔ xìnɡ , hàn yè jiàn 。
zhì xiào pínɡ , wánɡ mǎnɡ cuàn 。
Gaozu rose, and the Han dynasty ruled
until the reign of Xiaoping, when Wang Mang usurped the throne.

ɡuānɡ wǔ xìnɡ , wéi dōnɡ hàn 。
sì bǎi nián , zhōnɡ yú xiàn 。
Guangwu rose, and founded the Eastern Han.
Four hundred years, ending with Emperor Xian.

wèi shǔ wú , zhēnɡ hàn dǐnɡ 。
hào sān ɡuó , qì liǎnɡ jìn 。
Wei, Shu and Wu, contended for the Han trophy.
Called the Three Kingdoms, it lasted until two Jin Dynasties.

sònɡ qí jì , liánɡ chén chénɡ 。
wéi nán cháo , dōu jīn línɡ 。
Followed by the Song and the Qi, then the Liang and Chen,
they are the Southern dynasties, with the capital at Jinling (Nanjing).

běi yuán wèi , fēn dōnɡ xi 。
yǔ wén zhōu , xìnɡ ɡāo qí 。
The Northern Dynasties are the Wei of the Yuan clan, which split into East and West,
the Zhou of Yu Wen clan, with the Qi of the Gao clan.

dài zhì suí , yì tǔ yǔ 。
bú zài chuán , shī tǒnɡ xù 。
Finally, under the Sui, the empire was united.
but not passed on, it lost the succession.

tánɡ ɡāo zǔ , qǐ yì shī 。
chú suí luàn , chuànɡ ɡuó jī 。
Tang Gaozu raised a righteous army,
ended the disorder of the Sui, established the foundation of his dynasty.

èr shí chuán , sān bǎi zǎi 。
liánɡ miè zhī , ɡuó nǎi ɡǎi 。
Twenty times the throne was transmitted, in a period of 300 years.
The Liang destroyed it, and the dynasty changed.

liánɡ tánɡ jìn , jí hàn zhōu 。
chēnɡ wǔ dài , jiē yǒu yóu 。
The Liang, Tang, Qin, Han and Zhou,
called the Five Dynasties, each exist for a reason.

yán sònɡ xìnɡ , shòu zhōu chán 。
shí bā chuán , nán běi hún 。
The fiery Song arose, and received the resignation of the Zhou.
Eighteen times the throne was transmitted, and then the north and the south were reunited.

liáo yǔ jīn , dì hào fēn 。
yuán miè jīn , jué sònɡ shì 。
Liao and Jin, each called a dynasty.
The Yuan extinguished the Jin and finished the Song era.

yú tú guǎng,chāo qián dài。
jiǔ shí nián,guó zuò fèi。
The territory controlled by Yuan huge, exceeding that of past dynasty.
After ninety years, the era is over.

tài zǔ xìnɡ , ɡuó dà mínɡ 。
hào hónɡ wǔ , dōu jīn línɡ 。
Taizu arose, set up the great Ming,
called himself Hong Wu. The capital was at Jinling (Nanjing)

dǎi chénɡ zǔ , qiān yàn jīnɡ 。
shí liù shì, zhì chónɡ zhēn 。
Cheng Zu moved the capital to Yanjing (Beijing).
Sixteen generations until it ended with Chong Zhen.

quán yǎn sì , kòu rú lín 。
lǐ chuǎng chū , shén qì fén 。
The power of the eunuchs unchecked; bandits flourished like a forest.
Li Chuang revolted, divine artifacts burned.

qīng shì zǔ ,yīng jǐng mìng 。
jìnɡ sì fānɡ , kè dà dìnɡ 。
The great ancestor of the Qing received destiny’s call;
Peace in the four directions, achieved great stability.

gǔ jīn shǐ , quán zài zī 。
zǎi zhì luàn , zhī xīnɡ shuāi 。
The histories are complete.
They record government disorder; understand prosperity and decline.

dú shǐ shū , kǎo shí lù 。
tōnɡ ɡǔ jīn , ruò qīn mù 。
Read the history books, examine the records,
connect the ancient with the present, and you’ll be as close as an eyewitness.

kǒu ér sònɡ , xīn ér wéi 。
cháo yú sī , xī yú sī 。
Recite them with the mouth, examine them with your heart;
do this in the morning; do this in the evening.

xī zhònɡ ní , shī xiànɡ tuó 。
ɡǔ shènɡ xián , shànɡ qín xué 。
Formerly, Zhong Ni, took Xiang Tuo for his teacher.
The ancient sages were virtuous, yet studied diligently.

zhào zhōnɡ lìnɡ , dú lǔ lùn 。
bǐ jì shì , xué qiě qín 。
Grand Secretary Zhao studied the Analects.

He, although already an official, studied diligently.
宋朝时赵中令 – 赵普,他官已经做到了中书令了,天天还手不释卷地阅读论语,不因为自己已经当了高官,而忘记勤奋学习。

pī pú biān , xuē zhú jiǎn 。
bǐ wú shū , qiě zhī miǎn 。
Splitting reeds and weaving them, cutting bamboo slips.
They had no books, yet knew how to exert themselves.

tóu xuán liánɡ , zhuī cì ɡǔ 。
bǐ bù jiāo , zì qín kǔ 。
One tied his head to the roof beam; another pricked his thigh with an awl.
They were not taught these, but came up on their own to toil hard.

rú nánɡ yínɡ , rú yìnɡ xuě 。
jiā suī pín , xué bú zhuì 。
One put fireflies in a bag. another used the glare from the snow.
Although their families were poor, they studied unceasingly.

rú fù xīn , rú ɡuà jiǎo 。
shēn suī láo , yóu kǔ zhuó 。
One carried firewood, another hanged (books from the) horns.
Although they toiled with their bodies, they overcame their hardships.

sū lǎo quán , èr shí qī 。
shǐ fā fèn , dú shū jí 。
Su Laoquan at twenty-seven,
began to show his energy, and study the books.

bǐ jì lǎo , yóu huǐ chí 。
ěr xiǎo shēnɡ , yí zǎo sī 。
When already old, he regretted his delay.
Like them, the young should think of this early.

ruò liánɡ hào , bā shí èr 。
duì dà tínɡ , kuí duō shì 。
There was Liang Hao who at eighty-two
replied to the Great Hall, and came out first among many scholars.

bǐ jì chénɡ , zhònɡ chēnɡ yì 。
ěr xiǎo shēnɡ , yí lì zhì 。
After he had succeeded, everyone called him exceptional.
Like them, the young should think appropriately early.

yínɡ bá suì , nénɡ yǒnɡ shī 。
mì qí suì , nénɡ fù qí 。
Ying at eight years old, could compose poems.
Mi, at seven years old, could make a poetic essay on weiqi.

bǐ yǐnɡ wù , rén chēnɡ qí 。
ěr yòu xué , dānɡ xiào zhī 。
They were clever and people called them special.
Like them, young students ought to imitate them.

cài wén jī , nénɡ biàn qín 。
xiè dào yùn , nénɡ yǒnɡ yín 。
Cai Wenji, could judge from [the sound of] a lute.
Xie Daoyun, could compose poems.

bǐ nǘ zǐ , qiě cōnɡ mǐn 。
ěr nán zǐ , dānɡ zì jǐnɡ 。
They were girls, yet they were quick and clever.
Like them, boys should alert yourselves.

tánɡ liú yàn , fānɡ qí suì 。
jǔ shén tónɡ , zuò zhènɡ zì 。
In the Tang dynasty, Liu Yan when only seven years old,
was rated a child prodigy and appointed Corrector of Texts.

bǐ suī yòu , shēn jǐ shì 。
ěr yòu xué , miǎn ér zhì 。
He, although a child, was already an official.
Like them, young students, should exert yourselves and concentrate.

yǒu wéi zhě , yì ruò shì 。
Those who work like them, will succeed as they did.

quǎn shǒu yè , jī sī chén 。
ɡǒu bù xué , hé wéi rén 。
The dog guards the night; the rooster proclaims the dawn.
If, negligently, you do not study, how can you become people?

cán tǔ sī , fēnɡ niànɡ mì 。
rén bù xué , bù rú wù 。
The silkworm produces silk, the bee makes honey.
If one does not study, what is the use of being human?

yòu ér xué , zhuànɡ ér xínɡ 。
shànɡ zhì jūn , xià zé mín 。
When young, study; when grown up, perform.
Influence the sovereign above, benefit the people below.

yánɡ mínɡ shēnɡ , xiǎn fù mǔ 。
ɡuānɡ yú qián , yù yú hòu 。
Make a name for yourselves; honor you father and mother.
Shine light on your ancestors, bring prosperity to your descendants.

rén yí zǐ , jīn mǎn yínɡ 。
wǒ jiào zǐ , wéi yì jīnɡ 。
People bequeath to their children, chests full gold.
I teach children, only one classic.

qín yǒu ɡōnɡ , xì wú yì 。
jiè zhī zāi , yí miǎn lì 。
Diligence has merit; play has no advantage.
Guard against it; exert your strength.

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Ashton Kutcher Steve Jobs the movie

The script for Jobs, the movie starring Ashton Kutcher as the visionary Apple co-founder, is heavy with quotes that reflect Jobs’ business philosophy and approach to life.
Below are ten of the best quotes from Jobs(film):

  1. I’m not dismissing the value of higher education; I’m simply saying it comes at the expense of experience.
  2. The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too.
  3. How does somebody know what they want if they haven’t even seen it?
  4. Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
  5. I would rather gamble on our vision than make a ‘me, too’ product.
  6. We’ve got to make the small things unforgettable.
  7. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
  8. You’ve got to have a problem that you want to solve; a wrong that you want to right.
  9. It [what you choose to do] has got to be something that you’re passionate about because otherwise you won’t have the perseverance to see it through.
  10. In your life you only get to do so many things and right now we’ve chosen to do this, so let’s make it great.

Here are 10 more quotes from Steve Jobs, the man himself:

  1. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.
  2. Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.
  3. Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
  4. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
  5. If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.
  6. If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.
  7. That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
  8. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
  9. I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
  10. Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.

Watch Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
To end off:
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Shortest Graduation Speech in 12 Economic Concepts

No graduation speech comes as concise and straight to the point as the following speech delivered by Thomas J.Sargent. It is organized into 12 economic concepts that every graduate and student should know before they dive into the working world.

University of California at Berkeley graduation speech
Thomas J. Sargent
May 16, 2007

Shortest Graduation Speech in 12 Economic Concepts - Thomas J.Sargent

I remember how happy I felt when I graduated from Berkeley many years ago. But I thought the graduation speeches were long. I will economize on words.
Economics is organized common sense. Here is a short list of valuable lessons that our beautiful subject teaches.

  1. Many things that are desirable are not feasible.
  2. Individuals and communities face trade-offs.
  3. Other people have more information about their abilities, their efforts, and their preferences than you do.
  4. Everyone responds to incentives, including people you want to help. That is why social safety nets don’t always end up working as intended.
  5. There are trade-offs between equality and efficiency.
  6. In an equilibrium of a game or an economy, people are satisfied with their choices. That is why it is difficult for well-meaning outsiders to change things for better or worse.
  7. In the future, you too will respond to incentives. That is why there are some promises that you’d like to make but can’t. No one will believe those promises because they know that later it will not be in your interest to deliver. The lesson here is this: before you make a promise, think about whether you will want to keep it if and when your circumstances change. This is how you earn a reputation.
  8. Governments and voters respond to incentives too. That is why governments sometimes default on loans and other promises that they have made.
  9. It is feasible for one generation to shift costs to subsequent ones. That is what national government debts and the U.S. social security system do (but not the social security system of Singapore).
  10. When a government spends, its citizens eventually pay, either today or tomorrow, either through explicit taxes or implicit ones like inflation.
  11. Most people want other people to pay for public goods and government transfers (especially transfers to themselves).
  12. Because market prices aggregate traders’ information, it is difficult to forecast stock prices and interest rates and exchange rates.

    334 Words!!! In this case, less is definitely more 🙂