Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Words near at hand

Mencius (372 – 289 BCE) said:

言近而指遠者,善言也。

Which has been variously translated as "Words near at hand but with
far reaching import are good words" (D.C. Lau trans.) and "Simple
words with far-reaching meaning are good words." Or perhaps, "Words close by and pointing far are good words."