Written for My Son Yu While Reading on a Winter Night By Lu You 冬夜读书示子聿 (陆游)

Written for My Son Yu While Reading on a Winter Night

By Lu You

 

The ancient spared no effort in their study long;

There’s no achievement without hard working while young.

What one acquires from books will prove shallow at length;

Nothing is perfect unless practised with full strength.

 

冬夜读书示子聿

陆游

 

古人学问无遗力,

少壮功夫老始成。

纸上得来终觉浅,

绝知此事要躬行。

 

This poem talks about learning. The poet instructs his descendants to study hard and never to slack off throughout their lives, and only by gradual accumulation can a person achieve much at old age. Moreover, he lays special stress on the principle “real knowledge comes from practice” and points out that it’s far from enough to derive knowledge only from books. Although the poem is short and easy to read, it deals with the theme clearly and draws a sound conclusion. It is a very instructive poem, and therefore, is often quoted by later generations.

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