【注解】 天理：天道，佛教语。游心：游是出入，游心是说心念出入的天理路上。人欲：人的欲望，据《礼记乐记》篇：“灭天理而穷人欲者也。疏：‘灭其天生清静之性，而穷极人所贪嗜欲也。’” 寄迹：立足投身。荆棘泥土：荆棘多刺，因此用于比喻坎坷难行的路或繁琐不好办的事，又引申为艰难困苦的处境。泥土是污浊，范仲淹文中有“泥土轩冕”。
【英文译文】The path of heavenly principles is wide. One you set your foot on this path, it takes only a bit of hard thinking for you to become fully enlightened. The path of human desire is narrow. Once you venture onto it you will see nothing but brambles and mud.
The path for pursuing the Heavenly principles is wide; so long as you set your mind on it, even a bit, you will find your heart suddenly broadened and enlightened. The road for following human desires is narrow; as soon as you start off, you will find yourself confronted with brambles and mud everywhere.