We wish each other a long life so as to share the beauty of this graceful moonlight, even though miles apart.
A lonely stranger in a strange land I am cast, I miss my family all the more on every festive day.
It is a true great man whom no money and rank can confuse, no poverty and hardship can shake, and no power and force can suffocate.
A bosom friend afar brings distance near.
A huge tree that fills one’s arms grows from a tiny seedling; a nine-storied tower rises from a heap of
earth; a thousand li journey starts with the first step.
On seeing a man of virtue, try to become his equal; on seeing a man without virtue, examine yourself not to have the same defects.
This land so rich in beauty has made countless heroes bow in homage.
Raising my head, I see the moon so bright; withdrawing my eyes, my nostalgia comes round.
The friendship between men of virtue is light like water, yet affectionate; the friendship between men without virtue is sweet like wine, yet easily broken.
Expend the respect of the aged in one’s family to that of other families; expend the love of the young ones one’s family to that of other families.
Propriety suggests reciprocity. It is not propriety not
to give out but to receive, or vice versa.
If love between both sides can last for aye, why need
they stay together night and day?
The way ahead is long; I see no ending, yet high and low
I’ll search with my will unbending.
Carve but give up half way, even a decayed piece of
wood will not break; carve without stop, even metal and stone can be engraved.
People have sorrow and joy; they part and meet again.
The moon dims or shines; it waxes or wanes. Nothing is perfect, not even in the olden days.