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What can we learn from Yang Jiang’s life advice?

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Yang Jiang, a famous Chinese playwright, author, and translator who was the widow of Qian Zhongshu, an acclaimed novelist, died May 25 in Beijing, at 105. 

已故著名作家钱钟书的遗孀,一代文学巨匠、剧作家和翻译家杨绛先生于昨日(5月25日)在北京逝世,享年105岁。

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Yang and her husband Qian Zhongshu were seen as a model couple. Contradicting a Chinese saying that it is impossible for a woman to be both a chaste wife and gifted scholar or talented artist, Qian once described Yang as "the most chaste wife and talented girl" in China.

杨绛与钱钟书是一对模范夫妻。中国传统观念认为"女子德才不可兼备",恰恰相反,钱钟书给与杨绛极高的评价,称她是中国"最贤的妻,最才的女"。

Despite of the simple life, Yang's life philosophy is renowned in China, through her books. The followings are some pieces of life advice for the young. 

尽管生活简单,杨绛的人生哲理通过她的著作闻名中国。以下是杨绛先生给年轻人的一些建议。

yang jiang, learn chinese, life advice

wǒ hé shuí dōu bù zhēng, hé shuí zhēng wǒ dōu bú xiè. jiǎn pǔ de shēng huó, gāo guì de líng hún shì rén shēng de zuì gāo jìng jiè

我和谁都不争,和谁争我都不屑。简朴的生活、高贵的灵魂是人生的最高境界。

I never argue with anyone, I disdain to do that. A simple life and a noble and pure soul represent the supreme state of life. 


yang jiang, learn chinese, life advice

rú yào duàn liàn yí gè néng zuò dà shì de rén, bì dìng yào jiào tā chī kǔ shòu lèi, bǎi bú chèn xīn, cái néng yǎng chéng jiān rěn de xìng gé

如要锻炼一个能做大事的人,必定要叫他吃苦受累,百不称心,才能养成坚忍的性格。

To toughen someone who can do great things, it is necessary for him to suffer. Only in this way, tenacity and perseverance can be cultivated. 

yang jiang, learn chinese, life advice

wéi yǒu shēn chù bēi wēi de rén, zuì yǒu jī yuán kàn dào shì tài rén qíng de zhēn xiàng

惟有身处卑微的人,最有机缘看到世态人情的真相。

Only the humble are most likely to have the chance to see the truth of the ways of the world. 

yang jiang, learn chinese, life advice

bǎo chí zhī zú cháng lè de xīn tài cái shì cuì liàn xīn zhì, jìng huà xīn líng de zuì jiā tú jìng

保持知足常乐的心态才是淬炼心智、净化心灵的最佳途径。

Content is the best way to cultivate and purify the mind. 

yang jiang, learn chinese, life advice

nǐ de wèn tí zhǔ yào zài yú dú shū bù duō ér xiǎng de tài duō

你的问题主要在于读书不多而想得太多。

The problem is, you haven't read much but have been thinking too much. 

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2016-06-21

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