The State of Virginity

The State of Virginity
I should like you to be free of all worries. The unmarried man is busy with the Lord's affairs, concerned with pleasing the Lord; but the married man is busy with this world's demands and occupied with pleasing his wife. This means he is divided. The virgin - indeed, any unmarried woman - is concerned with things of the Lord, in pursuit of holiness in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has the cares of this world to absorb her and concerned with pleasing her husband. I am going into this with you for your own good. I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


A real man dies on a battlefield, and his body is wrapped in horsehide. Who wants to die in bed, surrounded by his wife and children? (General Ma chooses to die with his boots on, Eastern Han Dynasty)

An arrogant and complacent leader is sure to meet with defeat. (Dou Bobi, Tang Dynasty)

In good times, the wise man works for the state. In bad times, he looks after himself. (Jie Yu, Spring and Autumn Period)

Shrimps may attack dragons in shallow water. (Traditional)

Pioneers plant trees, but the latecomers rest in the shade. (Traditional)

He that has committed no crime by day, fears not a knock on the door by night. (Traditional)

Heaven may produce unexpected wind and clouds. Life may produce unexpected calamities. (Traditional)

Do not drive the tiger from the front door, while letting the wolf get in the back. (Hu Zhidang, Han Dynasty)

The leader must be at the forefront of the army's struggles. He neither sits in the shade in summer, nor dons warm clothing in the winter. (Zhang Yu, Song Dynasty)

Praise is only worthwhile when it comes from someone else. (Zhuang Zi, Warring States Period)

Good government is attained when those who are near are made happy, and those who are far away are attracted. (Confucius, Spring and Autumn Period)

He who governs by example is like the Pole Star, which keeps its place while the other stars turn around it. (Confucius, Spring and Autumn Period)

Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall, but it's the common people who suffer. (Zhang Yanghao, Yuan Dynasty)

An old horse at the trough, still thinks of traveling a thousand leagues. A hero in his old age, never lets go of his principles. (Cao Cao, Easter Han Dynasty)

It is wrong not to repay the kindness of others, and to rejoice in their misfortunes. (Qing Zheng, Spring and Autumn Period)

Watch your words and your deeds, for your words shall be spoken and your deeds shall be copied. (Traditional)

Suppress your desire for glory, and you will not be disappointed. (Emperor Yu, Xia Dynasty)

The truly wise man does not display his wisdom. Such is the secret of being well-liked. (Yang Zhu, Zhou Dynasty)

When good is in danger, only a coward will not defend it. (Confucius, Spring and Autumn Period)

A clear conscience is the greatest armor. (Traditional)

Only when you know why you have hit the target, can you truly say that you have learned archery. (Guan Yinzi, Warring States Period)

People differ in life, but not in death. (Yang Zhu, Zhou Dynasty)

The higher the rank I attain, the more humbly I behave. The greater my power, the less I exercise it. The richer my wealth, the more I give away. Thus I avoid envy, spite and misery. (Sun Shu Ao, Zhou Dynasty)

Two small creatures chatter about matters they cannot understand. A small brain cannot comprehend the workings of a great mind. (Zhuang Zi, Warring States Period)

A virtuous man concentrates on his own work, not that of others. (Zengzi, Spring and Autumn Period)

When fortune flees even gold loses its luster
When fortune returns even iron shines bright (Traditional)

A fish that frees itself from a hook, will swim away, never to return. (Traditional)

The life of things passes by like a galloping horse. (Zhuang Zi, Warring States Period)

The coward has a dream, the brave man has a vision. (Traditional)

One living in blessings does not know it is a blessing. (Traditional)

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