This was written by a relative of mine, Ahn Jung-Geun

  • You're related to the guy who assassinated Itō Hirobumi? How fascinating!
    – dROOOze
    Aug 10, 2018 at 2:39
  • it is a matter of converting image to text, once this is done enter text on web and get details concerning this famous quote
    – user6065
    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:12

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Main text:


Thorns will grow in your mouth if you go one day without reading/studying.

(하루라도 책을 읽지 않으면 입속에 가시가 돋는다)

The rest:

庚戌三月 扵旅順獄中 大韓國人 安重根 書

Third month of 庚戌 (1910), Imprisoned at Port Arthur, (written by) Ahn Jung-Geun, Citizen of the Korean Empire.

  • @水巷孑蠻 「於」and「扵」are variants which have the same definition. I chose「扵」because it's closer to the shape seen on the calligraphy sample. Note how the author writes the「方」in「旅」right underneath - he did not write「方」in「扵」.
    – dROOOze
    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:54
  • @水巷孑蠻 blown up image: cfile229.uf.daum.net/image/245FCF3856F6498C106AEF compare left side of「扵」and「旅」.
    – dROOOze
    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:57
  • @droooze, ok, after comparing, it's my mistake. my improper comment would be deleted. sorry 😸 Aug 10, 2018 at 4:22

这句话想表达的意思是:不读书就不会说话或说不出精彩的话。 类似于宋朝的名言“三日不读书,面目可憎” 。几天不读书,就感觉自己很很粗鄙。

  • The question was "translate in English". Aug 16, 2018 at 1:37

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