1.A long dike will collapse because of an ant-hole in it; a tall building will be burned down by a spark from a chimney’s chink.
2.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.
3.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.
4.Learning and culture are to a person what polished and grinding are to jade.
5.Among any three people walking, I will find something to learn for sure. Their good qualities are to be followed, and their shortcomings are to be avoided.