It is said that all good things are natural to those
Who know their duty and walk the path of perfect goodness.
Perfect men hold as good their own good character.
No other goodness is so perfectly good.
Love, modesty, propriety, kindly look, and truthfulness-
These are the five pillars on which perfect goodness rests.
Penance is that goodness which refrains from killing.
Perfection is that goodness which refuses to tell others' faults.
Humility is the strength of the strong and the weapon
With which the wise conquer their foes.
The touchstone of one's unalloyed character
Is accepting defeat from inferiors unabashedly.
Of what avail is perfect goodness if it does not do good
Even to those who have caused pain?
Deprived of all else, one remains undisgraced
If endowed with strength of character.
Destiny's last days may surge with oceanic change,
Yet men deemed perfectly good remain, like the shore, unchanged.
Should the perfect virtue of perfect men diminish,
The robust earth would bear our burdensomeness no more.
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