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Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture


Key Concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine


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Eric L. Hutton版英译文

If you accumulate enough earth to form a mountain, then wind and rain will arise from it. If you accumulate enough water to form a deep pool, then dragons will come to live in it. If you accumulate enough goodness to achieve virtue, then you will naturally attain to spirit-like powers and enlightenment, and the heart of a sage is complete therein. Without accumulating tiny steps, You have no way to go a thousand li. Without accumulating little streams, You have no way to form river or sea. Let the horse Qi Ji take a single leap; It still would go no farther than ten strides. Yet old nags ridden ten days equal him; Not giving up is where success resides. If you start carving and give up, you will not be able to break even rotten wood, but if you start carving and do not give up,  then you can engrave even metal and stone. The earthworm does not have sharp teeth and claws, nor does it have strong bones and muscles. Yet, it eats of the earth above, and it drinks from the Yellow Springs below, because it acts with single-mindedness. In contrast, the crab has six legs and two pincersYet were it not for the abandoned holes of water snakes and eels, it would have no place to lodge, because it is frenetic minded. For this reason, If you do not first have somber intention, No brilliant understanding can there be. If you do not first have determined effort, No glorious achievements will you see. One walking both forks of a road goes nowhere. One serving two lords is not viewed welcomely. Eyes focused on two things at once are not sharp. Ears tuned to two things at once don’t hear clearly. Though footless, the teng snake moves quick as flying, Yet five limbs give the wu rodent no safety. The Odes says: The shi jiu bird is on the mulberry. Seven is the number of its offspring. As for the noble man and gentleman, Their standard is one and unwavering. Their standard is one and unwaveringLike their hearts were tied to it by binding. Thus is the gentleman bound to one thing.