Dao De Jing 9
Rather than carry what’s brimming,
it’s better to stop filling the vessel;
keep working the edge & the blade can’t hold its keenness.
A hall filled with gold & jade can’t be defended;
When riches & honors lead to arrogance, the self is lost.
When the work is accomplished, withdraw:
this is the Way of Heaven.
Translation by John Hayes
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