Long is the night to him who is awake.
Long is a mile to him who is tired.
Long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.
The fool who knows that he is a fool is for that very reason a wise man;
the fool who thinks that he is wise is called a fool indeed.
Love yourself and be awake –
today, tomorrow, always.
First establish yourself in the way,
then teach others,
and so defeat sorrow.
To straighten the crooked
you must first do a harder thing –
You are the only master. Who else?
Subdue yourself, and discover your master.
For all the evil deeds I have done in the past,
created by my body, speech and mind,
from beginningless greed, hatred and delusion,
I now know shame and repent them all.
Life is uncertain; death is certain.
Death carries off a man busy picking flowers with an besotted mind,
like a great flood does a sleeping village.
There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die.
But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.
Here will I live in the rainy season,
here in the autumn and in the summer:
thus muses the fool. He realizes not the danger (of death).