星期三 九月 05, 2007

Take people as a mirror

贞观十六年(642),魏征病逝家中。太宗亲临吊唁,痛哭失声,并说:“夫以铜为镜,可以正衣冠;以古为镜,可以知兴替;以人为镜,可以知得失。我常保此三镜,以防己过。今魏征殂逝,遂亡一镜矣。” 

 AD 642,When WeiZhen, chancellor to Lishiming (King of the Tang Dynasty) died in AD 642, Lishiming was very sad, he said, “With a bronze as a mirror, we can dress up properly; With history as a mirror, we can learn why there was a rise and a fall;With a person as a mirror, we can consult them for what is right and wrong. Alas! WeiZhen passed away, and I have lost a mirror.”

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