Daodejing 9


Holding and filling it up,
no comparison to stopping it in time;
Honing and sharpening it
cannot remain for a long time.

Gold and jade fill the hall,
Yet cannot be guarded.
Wealthy and honored
Yet arrogant,
Brings disaster upon himself.

Successfully accomplish
then withdraw your body[1]
The Dào of heaven!

*Translation by LU Wenlong & Keith Wayne Brown, ©2013.

[1] This probably means to absent your self as soon as you are done with an action.

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