The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 45.

45

The great work seems empty, but is not defeated.
The great plenum seems chaotic, but is not exhausted.
The great morality seems twisted;
The great skilfulness seems awkward;
The great debate speaks carefully.
Patience defeats impatience.
Coolness defeats heat.
Everything under the sun takes clarity and stillness as its rule.

大成若缺,其用不弊。大盈若沖,其用不窮。大直若屈,大巧若拙,大辯若訥。躁勝寒靜勝熱。清靜為天下正。
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