Possessing belongs only to the industrious. Do those
Who lack such energy really possess their possessions?
Those who own an inner ardor possess a thing of worth.
Material Wealth is an unenduring possession that takes leave and departs.
Those who possess persevering industry
Will never say in despair, "We have lost our wealth."
Good Fortune of its own accord ferrets out and
Finds the man of unfailing industry.
The length of the lotus stalk depends on the water's depth.
Even so, a man's greatness is proportionate to his mind's energy.
Let all thoughts be thoughts of noble progress,
For then even failing cannot be called a failure.
The elephant stands firm even when wounded by a barrage of arrows.
The strong-willed are not discouraged when they encounter disaster.
Without a zealous spirit, one will never enjoy
The proud exhilaration of earthly generosity.
The enormous elephant with his tapered tusks
Still shrinks in fear when the tiger attacks.
A strong-willed mind is a mans true estate.
Those who lack it are mere vegetables in the form of men.
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