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Tests in Life

When a sieve is shaken, the refuse remains;
    so a man’s filth remains in his thoughts.
The kiln tests the potter’s vessels;
    so the test of a man is in his reasoning.
The fruit discloses the cultivation of a tree;
    so the expression of a thought discloses the cultivation of a man’s mind.
Do not praise a man before you hear him reason,
    for this is the test of men.

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