The Great Learning
Where the great learning teaches,
Is to illustrate illustrious virtue;
To renovate the people,
And to rest in the highest excellence.
The point where to rest being known, the object of pursuit is the determined;
And, that being determined, a calm unperturbedness may be attained to.
To that calmness there will succeed a tranquil repose.
In that repose there may be careful deliberation,
and that deliberation will be followed by the attainment of the desired end.
Things have their root and their branches.
Affairs have their end and their beginning,
To know what is first and what is last
Will lead near to what is taught in the Great Learning.