October 24, 2015

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Health or reputation: which is held dearer?
Health or possessions: which has more worth?
Profit or loss: which is more troublesome?

Great love incurs great expense
And great wealth incurs great fear
But contentment comes at no cost
For who knows when to stop
Does not continue into danger
And so may long endure

Contentment with enough is wise
Those who seek more, more, more, endanger themselves and are never happy
Greed is like drinking salt water
It only makes one more thirsty
So it is the sage who knows when to rest
When to know that he has enough
When to leave some for others
That is the mark of one who understands the Dao

1 comment:

  1. What translation of Tao Te Ching do you use for your posts? I really like it.

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