Harmonious Speech

Yutang Lin

Sharp and extreme expressions tend to polarize situations;
Powerful oppression could provoke conflicts and frictions.
Plain words and harmonious speeches carried thorns none;
In acting like a dumb lies the wisdom of avoiding incidents.


Expressions used gone extreme; thorny to all sides. Animosity frequently incurred; hindrances unnoticeably grown in abundance. Energy and strength should be well treasured and preserved; incidents could be avoided to have risen lightly. Harmonious speech constantly employs plain words; through patience and tolerance all may share peace and quietude.

Written in Chinese on September 16, 2004
Translated on September 19, 2004
El Cerrito, California

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