择善 — zé shàn — choose the good

Thursday, 20th March, 2014

A weibo from 杨澜 (Yang Lan):

#杨访晚安句子#择善人而交,择善书而读,择善言而听,择善行而从。晚安。

** gloss

The post is in the form of a 五絕 (wŭjué), a five-character line 绝句 (juéjù). Actually, it seems to be a popular title for blog posts on the interwebs, but I haven’t been able to find an author. A commonly known homily perhaps.

择善人而交,
择善书而读,
择善言而听,
择善行而从。

py

zé shàn rén ér jiāo,
zé shàn shū ér dú,
zé shàn yán ér tīng,
zé shàn xíng ér cóng.

en

Choose good people and make friends,
Choose good books and read,
Choose good speech and listen,
Choose good conduct and follow.

Web service translations:

google

Choose the good people and pay,
Choose the good books and reading,
Choose the good words, and listen,
Choose the good from the line.

bing

Optional good Samaritan,
Choose the good book and read,
Good listening,
Optional good deeds.

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