~ Mansions in the Mountain by Tung Yuan 


Small rain lays great dust.

Small rain allays great winds.

Little sticks kindle the fire;

Great ones put it out.


For want of a nail the shoe was lost;

For want of the shoe the horse was lost;

For want of a horse the rider was lost;

For want of a rider the war was lost.


Many a little makes a mickle.

Many small make a great.

Many drops make a shower.

Many sands will sink a ship.


He is not rich that possesses much,

But he that is content with what he has.

He who is content in his poverty,

Is wonderfully rich.

He is at ease who has enough.

He has nothing, that is not contented.

The greatest wealth is contentment with a little.

A wise man cares not for what he cannot have.


Don’t cross the bridge till you get to it.

Take things as they come.

Content is the philosopher’s stone,

That turns all it touches into gold.

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