The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 9

9

That which is grasped when full will spill.
That which is used yet sharp will become dull.
When gold and jade fill the hall no one will be able to guard it.
The rich and proud noble will not be able to avoid blame.
The spiritual way is to succeed in retirement from life without delay.

持 而 盈 之 , 不 如 其 已 ﹔
揣 而 銳 之 , 不 可 長 保 。
金 玉 滿 堂 , 莫 之 能 守 ﹔
富 貴 而 驕 , 自 遺 其 咎 。
功 遂 身 退 , 天 之 道 也 。

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