Dhammapada, Stanza 25

Version 1:

By standing alert, by awareness,
By restraint and control too,
The intelligent one could make an island
That a flood does not overwhelm.

Version 2:

Through initiative, heedfulness,
restraint, & self-control,
the wise would make
an island
no flood
can submerge.

Version 3:

By effort and heedfulness, discipline and self-mastery, let the wise one[s] make for [themselves] an island which no flood can overwhelm.

(Note: Version 1 is from the John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana translation. Version 2 is from the Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation. Version 3 is from the Acharya Buddharakkhita translation.  Changes made to the text in order to achieve gender neutrality are marked with brackets.)

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