Great accomplishment seems
Yet it does not outlive its usefulness.
Great fullness seems empty,
Yet cannot be exhausted.
Great straightness seems twisted.
Great intelligence seems stupid.
Great eloquence seems awkward.
Movement overcomes cold.
Stillness overcomes heat.
Stillness and tranquility set things in
order in the universe.
--- Lao Tzu
Better to stop short than fill to the
Over sharpen the blade, and the edge
will soon blunt.
Amass a store of gold and jade, and no
one can protect it.
Claim wealth and titles, and disaster
Retire when the work is done.
This is the way of heaven.
-- Lao Tzu
Under heaven all can see beauty as
beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only
because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise
Difficult and easy complement each
Long and short contrast each other:
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each
Front and back follow one another.
Therefore the sage goes about doin
nothing, teaching no-talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fa
Creating, yet not.
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.
--- Lao Tzu