Meng Zi famous quote – tenacity

孟子曰:“天将降大任于是人也,必先苦其心志,劳其筋骨,饿其体肤,空乏其身行拂乱其所为,所以动心忍性,曾益其所不能。”(《孟子·告子下》)  〔译文〕孟子说:“上天将要把重大的任务降到这个人身上,一定先苦恼他的心志,劳累他的筋骨,饿乏他的身体,穷困他的身子,他的每一行为总是不能称心如愿。这样,便可以震动他的心意,坚韧他的性情,增强他的能力,方能完成大任。”

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When one is about to be bestowed with heavy responsibilities, he will be put through tough tests to determine his will, exhaust his physical strength and make him go through poverty such that all he does will not be what he desired. In this way, this will shaken up his will, toughen his character, strengthen his ability in order to accomplish the big Mission. 

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