The Book of the Right Way by Laozi – 9

9

That which is grasped yet full its own self will lose.

That which is used yet sharp will not be able to keep cutting forever.

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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