Dao De Jing 11
Thirty spokes converge to form a wheel;
but it’s the empty space that makes the cart useful.
Clay is shaped to form vessels;
but it’s the empty space that makes the vessel useful.
Windows & doors are chiseled to form a room;
but it’s the empty space that makes the room useful.
Thus what it formed has its advantages,
but the empty space creates usefulness.
Translation by John Hayes
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Proto celadon jar with ears and vertical stripes. Warring States period (475BCE-211BCE). Photo by Wiki user Uploadalt, who makes it available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.