If treacherous talk constantly assails your ears and hostility constantly troubles your heart,
use this power as whetstones of moral cultivation.
If every word fell pleasantly on your ears and every event gladdened your heart,
then your entire life would be mired in venomous poison.
If you enjoy these excerpt, buy the book, Hong, Zicheng; Aitken, Robert (2006), Vegetable Roots Discourse: Wisdom from Ming China on Life and Living, Avalon Publishing Group.