Dao De Jing 7
The heavens are everlasting & the earth is long-enduring.
The heavens & the earth endure because they don’t exist for themselves.
Thus, the sage puts himself last & yet is first; he puts himself to the side & yet he thrives.
Is it because he is unconcerned with self that he can achieve his ends?
Translation by John Hayes
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