Just as the Earth bears those who dig into her,
it is best to bear with those who despise us.
It is always good to endure injuries done to you,
but to forget them is even better.
It is impoverished poverty to be inhospitable to guests.
It is stalwart strength to be patient with fools.
Desiring that greatness should never cease,
let one’s conduct foster forbearance.
Worthless are those who injure others vengefully,
while those who stoically endure are like stored gold.
The joy of the vengeful lasts only for a day,
but the glory of the forbearing lasts until the end of time.
Though unjustly aggrieved, it is best to suffer the suffering
and refrain from unrighteous retaliation.
Let a man conquer by forbearance
those who in their arrogance have wronged him.
Those who patiently endure rude remarks
possess the rare purity of an ascetic.
Great are those who suffer fasting’s hardships; yet they
are surpassed by those who suffer hard words.