【英文译文】If a man’s wealth, rank and reputation spring from the cultivation of lofty virtue, they are like wild flowers growing profusely in the mountains and forests; they will flourish naturally and freely. If they are a result of his accomplishments, they are like flowers cultivated in flowerpots or growing on wooden frames; they have a time to bloom and a time to wither. If they are the fruits of naked power, they are like flowers placed in vases and bowls; their roots are not deeply planted, and they will fade away in no time
Man’s riches and honor, if derived from the cultivation of morality and virtue, are like wild flowers in the mountains and forests, and will naturally flourish and multiply; if obtained by the means of personal exploits, are like flowers in discs, and might, owing to transplantation, flourish one moment or wither the next; and if captured by force of political power or trickeries, are like rootless flowers in vases, and will die down before you get tired by standing.
Fortune and reputation are like flowers. Built from righteousness, they would propagate like wild flowers. Built from a job, they migrate from place to place like potted flowers. Built from playing power games, they are like cut flowers in a vase. Without roots, they wilt quickly.