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For once coming into this material shape, it runs its course until it is exhausted. To be harassed by the wear and tear of life, and to be driven along without possibility of arresting one's course, -- is not this pitiful indeed? To labor without ceasing all life, and then, without living to enjoy the fruit, worn out with labor, to depart, one knows not whither, -- is not this a just cause for grief?

Men say there is no death -- to what avail? The body decomposes, and the mind goes with it. Is this not a great cause for sorrow? Can the world be so dull as not to see this? Or is it I alone who am dull, and others not so?"


一受其成形,不亡以待尽。与物相刃相靡,其行尽如驰而莫之能止,不亦悲乎!终身役役而不见其成功,苶然疲役而不知其所归,可不哀邪!人谓之不死,奚益!其形化,其心与之然,可不谓大哀乎?人之生也,固若是芒乎?其我独芒,而人亦有不芒者乎?
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