Do not benefit those of high rank at the cost of those of lower rank. Do not abandon the foundation to attend to the branches. （聂送来 译）
Sturdy grass withstands high winds.
Strong winds test the sturdiness of grass.
The force of the wind tests the strength of the grass. （《中国古代名言词典》）
An ancient writer said, “Life would not be worth living if there were no moon, no flowers, and no beautiful women.” I might add, “It might not be important to be born a man, if there were no pen and paper, and no chess and wine.” （林语堂 译）
In learning, one does not worry about a lack of ability but rather that one’s commitment is not steadfast. （John Makeham 译）
If one can eliminate the main causes of perils, wipe out their roots, and keep away from them, the perils will no longer take place. （《中国古代名言词典》）