Одна из причин пристрастия людей к порочному – безделье. Когда б он возделывал землю, занимался торговлей, разве мог бы он вести праздную жизнь?
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Let your choice be the right in life. Own translation of A. Kunanbayev verse

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Let your choice be the right in life. Own translation of A. Kunanbayev verse

Let your choice be the right in life,

Being talented you may be proud;

Be a brickhard in all your strives -

Whatever may dreams be about.

 

Running far – may you see WHERE TO,

If you follow – be sure WHOM;

Will and reason may lead you too,

Holy justice may be your doom!

 

You’re alive if you have clear mind,

Neither kindness nor truth will stay;

Always fire ahead – ice behind

And to trouble escape there’s no way.

 

Hold the greedy rush always back,

Never seek for appraise – just watch;

Hide the drawbacks in empty sack -

Struggling winner in modest lodge.

 

Being boastful of brilliant life

Never dream you can others beat -

People, envious in their strive -

Will just  knock you down your feet.

 

Boldly step, may your foot be firm;

All your strives will not pass away;

Words, that teach to survive in a storm-

Will give sprouts in ground - like grain.


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